Texas QB David Ash needs more time to recover from a concussion he suffered in early September at BYU and will miss Thursday night’s game at Iowa State.
Ash got knocked out of the BYU game and missed the contest against Ole Miss. He returned two weeks ago to start against Kansas State but did not get clearance to play in the second half.
With Ash unable to play, Case McCoy will start against the Cyclones.
Ash will not travel with the Longhorns to Ames.
Texas coach Mack Brown said true freshman Tyrone Swoopes could see action. Swoopes has not yet played this season and had been expected to redshirt. Burning that redshirt would likely indicate a regular role for the freshman for the remainder of the season.
It could also be a way for Brown to attempt to buy favor from a fan base that has largely turned on him, including former star RB Earl Campbell.
Brown already made a bold move – that often signals a move of desperation – when he fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz two games into the season.
Texas AD DeLoss Dodds’ recent announcement of his impending retirement only seems to crank up the pressure for Brown. Now he has to try to find a way to move to 2-0 in Big 12 play with his backup quarterback.