Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash had to sit out the majority of the 2013 season with concussion symptoms. In the second game of the season, against BYU, he left with a concussion. He tried to return two weeks later against Kansas State, only to leave the game early again.
The Longhorns have a new head coach in Charlie Strong, and it looks like he is using Ash, who has since been cleared for full participation in football activities, as the starting quarterback. Strong had a message and some advice for Ash, in hopes of keeping him healthy and on the football field.
“I don’t need to see how tough you are. If you can outrun him, outrun him, but run out of bounds, or slide or something, just don’t take the hit,” Strong said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He took like three or four hits and I just stopped it and asked what he was trying to prove?”
Strong also showed Ash a highlight film of the big hits Ash used to take, examples of what not to do. Ash said “bring it on,” and is just thankful to get another shot at it.
“I’m so thankful I get to do this. Nothing’s guaranteed and I for sure learned that. I feel so blessed that I get another opportunity to play this game,” Ash said.