Texas quarterback suffers another head injury
Charlie Strong has announced that David Ash will miss the BYU game because of concussion-related symptoms.
Ash missed most of the 2013 season with concussion symptoms. He was cleared to return to practice this spring. A broken football derailed most of his spring practice, but he returned for fall practice and appeared healthy.
The quarterback took several hits against North Texas, but did not complain of any symptoms. Later in the evening, Ash contacted the coaching staff to report he was having headaches and dizziness. He said it may have been a hit he took in the first quarter that aggravated the symptoms.
It was in the BYU game last September when Ash suffered his first concussion of the season. He played briefly against Kansas State before being shut down for the remainder of the season. His symptoms were so bad he was kept from the stadium on game days because of his sensitivity to the lights and noise.
Now speculation will begin as to what Ash will do next. Considering the uncertainty of the long-term effects of concussions, the senior from Belton may have played his last game as a Longhorn. Being a competitor, Ash will want to return to action, but the coaching staff may need to step in and ask the player to think about his future beyond football.
In the meantime, Tyrone Swoopes takes over as the starting quarterback. Swoopes ran the first-team offense in the spring while Ash was injured. The coaches worked with Swoopes to get him rolling out of the pocket this fall. Reports are he threw the ball well on designed rollouts. It also means freshman Jerrod Heard will serve as the backup, jeopardizing his redshirt.
The Ash news compounds what has already been a tough few days for the offense. It was announced that center Dominic Espinosa is likely lost for the season with a broken ankle. He will be replaced by redshirt freshman Jake Raulerson.