Yesterday, the Texas Longhorns announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the team’s game on Saturday vs. the TCU Horned Frogs. After suffering his second concussion of the season in the first half of their game vs. the Kansas State Wildcats, this will be his fourth game to be sidelined with lingering symptoms from his head injury.
Though the Longhorns are surprisingly still in the race for the Big 12 title after a rough start to the season, it’s clear that Ash still isn’t healthy, and his safety is of the utmost concern. At this point of the year, regardless of the team’s undefeated conference record, it would be best for the junior quarterback if the Texas staff were to simply shut him down for the rest of the season.
If indeed the Longhorns decide to sit Ash for the remainder of the year, they find themselves in a bit of a predicament at the quarterback position. Senior Case McCoy has played well enough for the Longhorns, including leading the team to a route of the Oklahoma Sooners last weekend. However, if McCoy is injured, Texas will find themselves in a bit of a bind.
Prior to the season, then-back-up quarterback Jalen Overstreet was moved to the running back position, leaving just McCoy and true freshman Tyrone Swoopes as reserves.
Since Ash went down, the Longhorns have been playing with fire, unsure which player would back up Case if the occasion were to arise. There has been a lot of talk about pulling the redshirt off of Swoopes, and earlier in the season, that may have been a good idea. Now, however, it’s probably too late in the season to waste his redshirt, so Overstreet has been moved back into the back-up quarterback spot.
Regardless of the mess and uncertainty at the position, the writing is on the wall for David Ash; let him rest and heal for the remainder of the season and perhaps try to get him a medical redshirt when and if he decides to return to the field. It’s unfortunate for Ash, because prior to his injury, he seemed to be headed for a breakout season, but all that matters now is getting him healed.