After deeming him a game time decision earlier in the week, Texas ruled junior quarterback David Ash out for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss.
Ash suffered injuries to his head and right shoulder in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s game against Brigham Young University and did not practice during the week. Senior quarterback Case McCoy receives will start in Ash's place, with freshman Tyrone Swoopes assuming the role of backup.
Ash enjoyed a strong start to the season, throwing for 594 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for a team-leading 125 yards and a score in his first two games. The Longhorns did not announce when they expect Ash to return.
McCoy recorded six starts in his first six seasons and threw for more than 300 yards in each of his past two starts. That said, the Longhorns are just 2-5 in games that the senior threw at least 15 passes.
Despite this, head coach Mack Brown said the players remain confident McCoy can lead them to victory in Ash’s absence.
“The guys trust Case,” Brown said. “He's a fourth-year senior. He has been around a long time and it's not like [we are] starting a guy that has never been out there.”