Texas' two-game losing streak here in the early weeks of the 2013 season have turned a harsh light on the program, and the defensive woes have not been helped by the absence of starting quarterback David Ash.
According to a school spokesperson, Ash returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering an injury in the fourth quarter against BYU. Ash was not on the sideline for the Longhorns' 44-23 loss to Ole Miss, sitting out due to concussion-like symptoms.
The 6-3, 220-pound junior will continue to be evaluated through the week, and if he is not cleared for Saturday's Big 12 opener against Kansas State it will be Case McCoy under center for the second game in a row.
McCoy completed 24 of 36 passes for 196 yards (just 5.4 yards per attempt) with one touchdown a fumble in the fourth quarter.
The Longhorns struggled to turn good field position into touchdowns early, settling for three first half field goals. Those points would have come in handy as Ole Miss shut out the Longhorns in the second half and pulled away for the win.
After the loss, Longhorns coach Mack Brown was very blunt in his state-of-Texas football comments. With non-conference losses dropping Texas from the Top 25, the Longhorns have turned their focus on winning the Big 12. A loss to Kansas State, particularly at home, would not be beneficial to those efforts or the pressure on Brown and his coaches.