Austin, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Quarterback David Ash will not suit up for the Longhorns against BYU due to experiencing concussion-related symptoms like headaches and dizziness, after their season-opener win against North Texas.
Longhorns Coach Charlie Strong expressed his worries for Ash.
“Anytime you have that number of concussions, you have to be concerned,” Strong stated.
He added, “You’re always concerned about a young man’s health, and we would never jeopardize a young man’s health just for this football team. Players’ health is always first.”
According to Strong, Ash was showing no symptoms at all during their game against North Texas.
But he called the Longhorns’ staff hours after the win and was brought in for evaluation.
“It shows his toughness. I know how important this football team is to him,” Strong stated.
Ash was hit twice in their season opener, first was after a mishandled snap from center Dominic Espinosa then a collision with defensive end Jarrian Roberts after recovering from the first hit.
Sophomore Tyron Swoopes is expected to step up in Ash’s absence and make his first career start.
Swoopes passed for 26 yards, rushed for 79 and scored a touchdown playing in six games last year.
True freshman Jerrod Heard will be backing Swoopes up.
Strong said, “Tyrone can handle it. I’m not concerned about that. The team will rally around him.”
Espinosa will also be out for the Longhorns fracturing a bone on his right ankle after going out in the third quarter Saturday.