Texas officials confirmed Saturday that junior quarterback David Ash has been medically cleared to participate in offseason workouts and spring football practice.
The school announced in mid-November that Ash was expected to participate in spring drills. Trainer Kenny Boyd made it official in a one-sentence press release. Assuming that Ash can continue his career without injury, the school may pursue a medical redshirt from NCAA officials after the 2014 season.
Ash played in three games last season but ultimately couldn’t overcome concussion symptoms initially suffered against BYU. That injury changed the direction of the Longhorns’ entire season.
In three years, Ash has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 4,538 yards along with 30 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Ash will compete for the starting job with freshman Tyrone Swoopes and incoming recruit Jerrod Heard from Denton Guyer. Heard has stated numerous times that he was “100 percent” committed to Texas despite the coaching change.
Ash had previously posted the following message on his Twitter feed.
So much admiration for Coach Brown and his career. Hard work for 2014 season starts now. #Hook'Em
— David Ash (@david_ash14) December 31, 2013
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