David Ash quits football

Posted September 17th, 2014


As expected, quarterback David Ash will not play football again at Texas.

Longhorns coach Charlie Strong broke the news Wednesday after practice, saying that he told Ash, “there was no way we were going to let you back out on the field.” Ash is believed to have suffered a concussion in each of the last three games he’s played, including this year’s season opener against North Texas. Strong said Ash approached Strong today to inform him of his decision.

Strong said Ash will remain part of the program, helping mentor the team’s younger quarterbacks.


Also, Strong said senior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson needs foot surgery and is likely out for the season. Jackson tore his lisfranc ligament in the second half of Saturday’s loss to UCLA. It is possible that he could receive a medical hardship waiver to play next season at Texas.

Without Ash, Texas will continue with sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Swoopes is 0-2 as a starter but performed decently in losses to BYU and UCLA the last two weeks. There is no plan to play freshman QB Jerrod Heard, Strong said.

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