After a seemingly interminable stretch of bad news for Texas football, the Longhorns got some good news on Friday afternoon with the news from the school that junior quarterback David Ash has been cleared to play and will start against Kansas State.
The prognosis for many of the other players is not yet clear, as the school says that they will all be game-time decisions. That list includes senior wide receiver Mike Davis, junior offensive tackle Josh Cochran, senior offensive guard Mason Walters, and sophomore linebacker Dalton Santos. Junior tight end Greg Daniels was declared out for the game earlier in the week.
If Davis can't play, it will put more pressure on the rest of the wide receivers, including junior John Harris and sophomore Marcus Johnson, who suffered his own injury that has limited him this fall. The school has not released any word recently on junior wide receiver Bryant Jackson, who also suffered a fall injury.
However, it's the return of Ash that is crucial to the team's chances of winning the first game against the Wildcats in 10 years, as the offense was clearly extremely limited with senior Case McCoy at quarterback, a fact that Ole Miss took advantage of in the second half by giving receivers less of a cushion, playing Cover-2 man-under and forcing McCoy to make difficult throws with defenders underneath and over the top of receivers.
The possibility of seeing freshman Tyrone Swoopes remains alive, however, as play caller Major Applewhite will probably opt for fewer quarterback runs with Ash in the game after multiple quarterback draw and zone read calls against BYU probably contributed to his head and shoulder injuries.