Ash fractured his left foot during practice on Friday and will undergo surgery next week, the school announced. The break is a Jones fracture, which occurs at the base of the fifth metatarsal connected to the small toe.
The good news for Ash is he is expected to return in time for fall camp, according to Longhorns trainer Anthony Pass.
But it's hard to see the good through those burnt orange lenses in this situation given Ash missed 10 games last season due to concussion-related issues. The injury kept him out for so long that he's received a medical redshirt for 2013, which will give him two more seasons of eligibility.
He'd appeared healthy and ready to run away with the starting quarterback position this spring. But this injury will bring him back to a pack that could include several new faces by the time he's healthy to return.
Right now Texas is limited to sophomore Tyrone Swoopes, who completed just 5-of-13 passes in six games last season, and senior Myles Onyegbule, who hasn't played quarterback since his senior season at Arlington (Texas) High School.
The Longhorns will welcome five-star quarterback Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer) to the mix this fall and are the favorite to land USC transfer Max Wittek, according to sources. Wittek has taken numerous visits to check out Charlie Strong's program, including most recently at a scrimmage a few weeks ago.
Ash has thrown for 4,372 yards and 30 touchdowns in 28 career games, including completing 53-of-87 passes for 760 yards and seven touchdowns last season.