Texas head coach Charlie Strong announced that David Ash will be giving up football for medical reasons at Wednesday’s press conference. Ash was sidelined after suffering a concussion during Texas’ game against North Texas.
“We decided because of his health, which is always critical that’s the number one concern for all of this, that he’s no longer going to play football,” Strong said. “But he’s going to be a part of the team because I told him I want him around the team because that’s what he deserves.”
The decision to quit football was difficult for Ash as he was hoping to make a return from a season-ending concussion last season. Ash suffered three concussions during his collegiate career with the Longhorns.
“He actually came up to me,” Strong said. “He approached me and the trainers and doctors have been working with him. We know the concern and like I said his health our major concern. And so when we sat down to talk he said ‘this is what I’d like to do.’”
Ash amassed 4,728 passing yards and 36 total touchdowns during his career at Texas.
Texas loses Tank
After announcing the loss of David Ash, Coach Strong also said that Desmond ‘Tank’ Jackson would be going through ankle surgery which is expected to end his season.
Strong said that if Jackson does miss the rest of the season, a redshirt is possible.
“We’ll take the process as it comes,” Strong said. “If it’s a season-ending injury then we know that a redshirt is available so we’ll have that discussion with him. With him being a senior and having an opportunity to come back, it’s always good.”
Jackson recorded 11 total tackles after three games this season.
Staying with Swoopes
With David Ash ending his career, questions were raised about getting freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard some in-game snaps. Coach Strong made it clear that the Longhorns will roll with Swoopes at starting quarterback and will try to keep Heard’s redshirt.
“Tyrone will continue to be the quarterback and we’ll have Jerrod backing him up,” Strong said “We’ll have to go with Tyrone for as long as we can. If something was to happen, Jerrod’s available.”
While the coaches would like Heard to redshirt, Strong said that the flow of the game will dictate what happens with Heard.
“It’s just going to depend,” Strong said. “We can get into a game where we’re blowing somebody out, he probably go in and get some snaps. But also, you gotta think about this, you just don’t want to play [Heard] just to play him.”
But Swoopes will remain the guy as Strong likes what he has done during his first two starts.
“The key thing with Tyrone is he just continues to get better and better each and every game,” Strong said. “What you really like with him now is his focus and his preparation – how he approaches the game. Cause he knows he is the starter.”