The Texas Longhorns will be without junior starting quarterback David Ash for some time, as head coach Charlie Strong said on Monday that Ash is out "indefinitely."
Calling sophomore Tyrone Swoopes his starting quarterback and the player that the team will win with, Strong indicated that doctors will make a decision about a possible return for Ash, who missed the game against BYU after suffering another concussion at some point during the opener against North Texas.
Last week, play caller Shawn Watson provided some hope for an imminent return when he characterized the status of Ash as "day to day" and didn't rule out the possibility that Ash could play again this season.
But given the concussion history of Ash when his symptoms lingered for months last season and the fact he hasn't been able to make it through a game without either suffering another concussion or at least having his symptoms return, the prognosis for the continuation of his football career does not seem positive.
In fact, there have been widespread calls for Ash to give up the game in order to best preserve his long-term health, a conversation that the Ash family might have to sit down and have again with doctors.
So the starter for the difficult upcoming stretch of games against UCLA, Kansas, Baylor, and Oklahoma will in all likelihood be Swoopes, who was steady in his starting debut, completing 20-of-31 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.