The Longhorns once again will be without David Ash for a game as the junior quarterback continues to deal with head issues that began with a concussion at Brigham Young in the second game of the season.
Texas announced Wednesday that Ash will miss Thursday night’s game at Iowa State. Also out for the Longhorns will be right tackle Josh Cochran, who will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury and again be replaced by Kennedy Estelle. Neither Ash nor Cochran will make the trip to Ames, Iowa, UT said.
Wide receiver Mike Davis, nursing an ankle injury that occurred in the Sept. 14 game with Mississippi and sidelined him against Kansas State in Texas’ last outing, will be a game-time decision, UT said.
Ash incurred a concussion late in the Sept. 7 game at BYU and sat out the following week against Ole Miss. He returned against Kansas State but lasted only a half. Texas announced at halftime against the Rebels that Ash would not play in the second half because of symptoms of a head injury. It’s never been made clear if the issue in the K-State game was a new condition or a continuation of the effects of the concussion he received at BYU.
Case McCoy, as he’s done in in the other games in which Ash has been sidelined, will get the start. The big question is if this will be the game in which freshman Tyrone Swoopes will make his collegiate debut.
Swoopes showed flashes in the spring after enrolling at Texas at mid-term, especially in the Orange-White game to conclude spring drills. But he sustained a hamstring injury that has slowed his progress, although he reportedly has recovered from it.
Coach Mack Brown said Monday that the determining factor for playing the 6-foot, 4-inch, 245-pound Swoopes, is relatively simple.
“You’ve got to see how the game’s going,” he said. “If you’re not moving (the ball), you put him in. If you are moving it and scoring a bunch of points, you don’t put him in.”
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