Junior quarterback David Ash practiced Wednesday, a Texas spokesman said, and will continue to be evaluated throughout the week.
He is still questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas State but the fact that he practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion and injuring his right shoulder two weekends ago against BYU is an encouraging sign for the Longhorns.
Case McCoy started in his place last week, going 11-for-13 with 104 yards and a touchdown pass in the first half before the offense sputtered after halftime. He did not throw an interception in the game but Texas didn't score in the second half, falling to 1-2 for the first time since 1998.
"I thought he did a great job," co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said. "In the first half, he was spitting the ball out there... In the second half, we weren't running the ball as well and they were tightening some of those things outside. We could've done some things in the run game to make that easier."
Texas ran for only eight yards in the second half after totaling 116 rushing yards in the first half and tailback Malcolm Brown caused the only turnover committed by the Longhorns in the loss to Ole Miss when he knocked the ball loose from McCoy's hands in the fourth quarter.
"There were some things that didn't go our way," junior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley said. "There was a fumble that happened between him and [Brown]. Obviously we can't have turnovers. As far as the passing game goes, we didn't do the greatest job but that's something we pride ourselves on, playing pitch and catch.
True freshman Tyrone Swoopes, who coaches considered playing last week before McCoy's solid first-half performance, has a chance to see the field again this week. Swoopes has yet to play this season and is still eligible to redshirt but, if Ash is unavailable again, Swoopes will be the backup quarterback.
"We talked about it last week," head coach Mack Brown said. "We've got a limited package for him. We had him ready to go the other day. He got really set back because he missed most of preseason and that kind of got him out of the mix at that position because we were too far down the road. Now with David's injury we've had to go back and ramp him back up."