David Ash says he’ll play this weekend


Elisabeth Dillon

David Ash holds his injured left wrist and walks off the field against OU.

Chris Hummer

David Ash will start at quarterback this Saturday against Baylor despite a wrist injury he sustained in the fourth quarter of Texas’ 63-21 loss to Oklahoma.

The sophomore met with the media Monday and walked in with a wrap around his wrist, but he maintained that he would be under center for Texas this weekend.

“Yeah, I will play,” Ash said.

Ash suffered the injury when he sustained a direct helmet-to-wrist hit when attempting a pass with 9:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. When Ash reached the sidelines the injury was quickly covered with a towel by the Texas medical staff. When gruesome photos of the injury surfaced, it seemed unlikely that he would play this weekend.

“When it hit in the game I was just like, ‘Shoot, that kind of hurt,’” Ash said. “I was running off and sat down and looked at it and went, ‘Oh shoot.’ Everybody started freaking out.”

When Ash ran off the field he thought his wrist was broken.

“That was the initial thought that I cracked it,” Ash said.

But an X-ray showed that there was no fracture and with that news Ash headed to the practice field Sunday and displayed a sufficient performance to the medical staff that they cleared him to play.

Ash took snaps and said that he could “handle a football.”

“It definitely looks worse than it is,” Ash said.

Printed on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 as: Ash says he will play Saturday vs. BU