The Texas Longhorns will already be without their most explosive player on offense when Ole MIss comes to town Saturday seeking revenge, and they may well be without their starting quarterback as well.
Junior David Ash is currently listed as doubtful to play against the Rebels after suffering head and shoulder injuries late in the game against BYU last week. He has not practiced yet this week and in the past, head coach Mack Brown has been reticent to start players who were not able to participate in practice leading up to the game. It appears that he will be a gametime decision unless he's ruled out when the Friday injury report comes out.
Recall that last season, Brown made somewhat of a exception to that rule and started Ash against TCU with a rib injury that had kept him out of practice for a week and a half leading up to the game. And was rewarded with one of Ash's worst sophomore performances, as he clearly wasn't right and threw two interceptions.
With play caller Major Applewhite putting an increased emphasis on the quarterback run game and the offense line looking porous after a terrible showing against the Cougars, playing Ash on Saturday could put him in danger of aggravating his current injuries, especially his shoulder. Ash showed his toughness against the Horned Frogs last year and against the Cougars just days ago, but Texas doesn't need their starting quarterback out as the conference season begins because he was rushed back too quickly.
So it looks like senior Case McCoy will get yet another start, his first since the Kansas State game last season when Ash was held out because of that rib injury that so severely limited his effectiveness on Thanksgiving. And what else is there to say about McCoy at this point?
Expect the worst on Saturday, Texas fans. Then again, maybe McCoy has another miracle up his sleeve. He certainly believes so, at least.