Coach Mack Brown said Wednesday that quarterback David Ash has lost about 10 pounds since being sidelined by a concussion and subsequent recurrences of its symptoms, and “is not in football-playing shape.”
The longer Ash’s recovery continues, the less likely it appears the former starting quarterback will return this season. Brown said Ash’s fate continues to remain entirely with team doctors. If he isn’t cleared by the medical staff to play in games, Ash can apply for a medical redshirt that would give him two remaining seasons of eligibility. If he is cleared to play in games, but does not get on the field, the junior can still apply for the extra season. The opportunity for the extra year exists only if Ash doesn’t play.
Brown added Ash could be cleared to practice but still not be cleared to play in games.
“Even when he gets released and gets back, we’re not sure that he’ll be ready to play,” said Brown, adding that Ash has not been ruled out for the Nov. 9 game at West Virginia. “The way I understand it, they (could) release him to practice but they (might) not release him to play. With a quarterback, it’s hard to see when you will let him go back in, because you’re not going to hit him during practice.”
After his concussion at Brigham Young on Sept. 7, Ash returned Sept. 21 and played the first half against Kansas State. He was removed at halftime because of symptoms of a head injury. Case McCoy has started the past three games, victories over Iowa State, Oklahoma and TCU.