Texas QB David Ash will not play against BYU

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Concussions cost David Ash 10 games in 2013
Concussions cost David Ash 10 games in 2013. (USATSI)

When Texas looks to avenge last year's loss to BYU this weekend it will be without David Ash. Coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that Ash will not be available this week and he will be replaced by Tyrone Swoopes.

"We would never jeopardize a young man's health for the good of the football team," said Strong.

According to Strong, Ash took a hit during the first quarter of Texas' 38-7 win over North Texas, and appeared fine with no ill effects. Texas trainers then received a call from Ash in the middle of the night. Strong said that some of the post-game symptoms Ash exhibited were headaches and dizziness.

Ash has a history of concussions, and missed 10 games last season due to one. He had been cleared to return to the team during the offseason, but if it turns out that Ash has suffered another concussion -- and Strong says he's being evaluated by doctors -- you'd have to think his college career could be over.

As for Ash's replacement, Strong also said Swoopes will be able to "execute the offense," but the sophomore doesn't have a lot of experience. He was a four-star member of Texas' 2013 recruiting class and appeared in five games last season. He only threw for 26 yards but rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown.

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