Jul 21, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns cheerleaders and mascot Hookem pose for a photo during the Big 12 Media Day at the Omni Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Longhorn Headlines: Fall Practice is Here

News and notes from around Longhorn Nation. Fall practice has returned.

Texas players hit the practice field today. There was not much to report, other than an interesting group of players at one position.

Since most first practices don’t produce a great deal of note, there wasn’t a lot of ground-breaking information that emerged, but there were several developments worth noting.

Something was missing from the player’s uniforms on Monday. It was just another reminder that Charlie Strong means business.

One of the most recognizable logos in all of sports was noticeably absent on Monday morning when the Texas Longhorns football players took to Denius Field for the first time this fall in preparation for the season opener against North Texas on August 30.

Texas fans are familiar with David Ash’s concussion-riddled 2013 season. Concussion symptoms related to the hits he took last year even kept him off the sidelines on game nights. It was so bad, that he was encouraged to give up the sport.

It was even suggested to Ash that he consider giving up football altogether to focus on his long-term health and to avoid brain injuries.

Staying with Ash, Strong watched a bit of tape with the signal caller and let him know what he wants to see from his senior quarterback in 2014.

“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?”

Texas was voted in to the preseason coaches poll at No. 24. Does this team deserve a Top 25 ranking?

Considering all of the questions that surround Texas football under its new head coach Charlie Strong, the fact that the Longhorns are ranked at all is a surprise.

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