Texas athletics on Thursday put out a release that former Longhorns' quarterback David Ash had been medically cleared to return to football and planned to be at UT's Pro Day on March 28.
The news seemed out-of-the-blue considering Ash, who played in 29 games (with 22 starts) at quarterback for Texas, finishing eighth on UT's career passing list, announced his retirement from football in September 2014 due concussion-related issues. But Ash's hoped-for return to football announced Thursday is not as a quarterback - but as a punter.
I confirmed Thursday with former NFL kicker Raul Allegre, a UT alum, that Allegre has been working with Ash since November on Ash's punting.
"It's true," Allegre said in a text. "The goal is to kick during pro day."
Allegre said Ash, who earned first-team 5A all-state honors as a punter at Belton (Texas) High School from The Associated Press, was pretty rusty when they first started working together in November. But Allegre said Ash has developed more consistency since then.
Allegre told me he and Ash have only worked together four times since November.
"David is an excellent athlete, and he told me he did some punting in high school," Allegre said.
"We got together one day, and I saw that he had potential.
"But he needed to work on his technique. We have had only four sessions due to my travel schedule. But the improvement is significant."
At Belton, Ash was a unanimous first-team all-district 12-5A selection at QB and punter in addition to his AP first-team all-state honors as a punter.
According to Ash's bio at Texas, as a senior at Belton, Ash punted 20 times for an average of 43.1 yards per punt. As a junior at Belton, Ash punted 18 times for an average of 41 yards per punt.
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