If David Ash is Out, Who Starts Against Ole Miss?

If David Ash can't play tomorrow, Case McCoy will get the call and Tyrone Swoopes will be the backup quarterback.
If David Ash can't play tomorrow, Case McCoy will get the call and Tyrone Swoopes will be the backup quarterback.

First of all, I want to officially request of the Football Gods that David Ash has a speedy recovery and returns to the field tomorrow. That was a heck of a hit he took in the last game. He is one tough kid and I hope he can go. David Ash makes Texas a better team.

Let's assume the worst and say that David Ash (who is listed as questionable and is a game time decision) will not play against Ole Miss. In what ways does this shake up the depth chart? Well, it doesn't take an expert to know that Case McCoy will get the nod.

In his weekly press conference, Mack Brown said, "Case McCoy had a good day yesterday. We've gone back and looked at every play he's played in since he's been here. He came in and played at Kansas last year and I think he was 6-for-8 and completed 75 percent of his passes and scored and won the game. You go back to A&M and he didn't have a touchdown pass but he didn't have a turnover. He managed that game really well. In the game against Baylor two years ago, he ran up and down the field, had over 300 yards passing but had the three turnovers with four touchdown passes. At the Kansas State game last year, I think it was the same thing. He moved the ball really well but had two turnovers for a touchdown. Tyrone Swoopes practiced really well yesterday and obviously if he's in the game we'll just have to be simpler."

If things were to not go as anticipated or were anything crazy to happen, next in line would be Tyrone Swoops. Swoopes is a quarterback that has many Longhorns' fans excited and intrigued.

Out of high school, the Whitewright, Texas phenom received scholarship offers from just about every major program in the nation, including the likes of Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Texas A&M. Bottom line: the kid's got game.

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An early enrollee this past spring at Texas, Swoopes made a splash in the Texas spring game. ESPN HornsNation reporter Carter Strickland noted the following, "Freshman Tyrone Swoopes stole the show and the imagination of those watching the Texas spring game. Sure, it was only one series, but it was the first series in which the first-team defense was not only scored on but made to look confused by a freshman and a patchwork line ... given where this offense has been in terms of quarterbacks since Colt McCoy graduated -- having a starter and a potentially electrifying option just steps away on the sideline -- well, consider it a cattle prod in the side of Bevo."

I'm not to big on the "cattle prod" analogy, but I get the point. I can't wait to see Tyrone Swoops on the field.

All that to say, I really hope that David Ash can go. He give Texas the best opportunity to win. He has become a team leader and this Longhorns football team is just better with him on the field.

Source: SEPH ANDERSON/Bleacher Report Los Angeles

James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.