Former Texas QB David Ash returns to participate in the Texas Pro Day to try his hand once again at football. A host of Texas players participated in the Texas Football 2017 Pro Day held Tuesday March 28, 2017 at the team practice bubble. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Ex-Longhorns David Ash and Daje Johnson to play in developmental league

Posted April 3rd, 2017


After working out in front of NFL scouts last week, David Ash and Daje Johnson will join forces this spring.

Both Ash and Johnson will participate in the Spring League, the developmental league announced over the weekend. Ash and Johnson are set to be teammates on a team that will be named at a later date. That unknown program will play in a four-team league that participates in a total of six games.

According to its website, the Spring League is “an instructional league and developmental platform for professional football talent. All teams conduct practices and ‘live’ exhibition games that are played in accordance to NFL rules.” In an e-mail to the American-Statesman, a Spring League representative said that many NFL teams are expected to be in attendance at the games.


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Ash is expected to throw in the Spring League. Ash was a quarterback at Texas from 2011-14, and he ranks eighth at the school with his 4,728 passing yards. His career, though, was cut short by multiple concussions. After throwing and punting at Texas’ pro day on March 28, Ash told reporters he hadn’t had any issues in two years.

A wide receiver and kick returner, Johnson averaged 10.3 yards per catch and 7.2 yards per rush at Texas from 2012-15. He is the last Longhorn to earn a touchdown on a punt return as he went 85 yards for a score in a 2015 game against Rice. Johnson failed to latch onto the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 after signing as a rookie free agent.

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