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David Ash Retiring From Football

Following his third concussion in less than a year, the 22-year-old quarterback is retiring from football. (Getty Images)

Following his third concussion in less than a year, the 22-year-old quarterback is retiring from football. (Getty Images)

Nearly three weeks after suffering another concussion in the Longhorns’ first game of the season, Texas’ starting quarterback David Ash is done playing football, Charlie Strong announced on Wednesday.

Ash suffered his first concussion last season in a game against BYU. Since, Ash played only the first half of last season’s game against Kansas State and started this year’s home opener. Ash left both games with concussion-related symptoms.

Considering Ash’s history and susceptibility to concussions and what we’re continuing to learn about their learn-term health effects, Ash made the hard but right decision to put his football career aside.

Despite this announcement, Strong emphasized that the 22-year-old Ash will remain a part of the team.

"We just decided, because of his health -- that's the No. 1 concern for all of us -- that he's no longer going to play football," Strong said. "But he is going to be part of the team, because I told him I wanted him around the team, and that's what he deserves."

In his short career, Ash threw for 4,728 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com