Ash Cleared for Kansas State Game

Texas quarterback David Ash has been cleared by the UT medical staff and will start Saturday's game against Kansas State.

The junior quarterback returned to practice this week after missing all of last week's practices, and the Ole Miss game, with head and shoulder injuries. The head injury was the more serious of the two, with Ash kept off the sidelines for the game against the Rebels to keep from aggravating symptoms from a concussion.

Prior to his injury, Ash completed 39-of-62 passes (62.9 percent) for 594 yards and six touchdowns to two interceptions. He also rushed 24 times for 125 yards, an average of 5.2 yards per carry, while scoring a touchdown on the ground.

Despite the Longhorns' loss to BYU in the season's second game, the Texas offense was ranked No. 6 nationally in offensive S&P+ after the first two games. The Longhorn offense fell to No. 13 after Ash missed the Ole Miss game.

Ash's return to health means that the Longhorns will be much closer to full strength against Kansas State, a team that the 'Horns haven't beaten since 2003. Texas will still be without speedster Daje Johnson in the game. Texas finished the non-conference portion of the schedule 1-2, but has yet to play a Big 12 game in the 2013 season.

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