Mack Brown thought David Ash would play against Ole Miss.
When he missed that game and half of the next one against Kansas State, Brown thought Ash would return for Texas' game against Iowa State. When he didn't, Brown was sure he would get Ash back for the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma.
While Ash will not play in the Longhorns' game against TCU in Fort Worth this Saturday night, he has returned to team activities. Ash attended but did not participate in last Thursday's practice and was present at Sunday's team meetings.
He'll miss his fourth game of the year this weekend but Ash is confident he will take the field again sometime this season.
"He's back involved with the team," Brown said. "[The doctors] said he's making progress. I actually asked him, 'Do you anticipate playing this year?' And he said, 'Yes, absolutely.' He fells like he will be back and ready to play at some point."
With Ash having suffered multiple head injuries this season, he will need a full week between when he is medically cleared and when he will be able to practice or play. Since he hadn't yet been cleared by the end of this past weekend, Ash has already been ruled out for the Longhorns' contest against TCU in Fort Worth this Saturday night.
Brown is reluctant to make any long-term plans at the quarterback position. He won't say if it's McCoy's job even if Ash does return this year but does still insist that true freshman Tyrone Swoopes will be the man behind center if McCoy suffers an injury.
"The thing you want to be sure and do is to be fair and not put [Swoopes] in if David is coming back because then David and Case would be your two quarterbacks and he loses a year," Brown said. "The Iowa State game was too close to put him in with no experience. Oklahoma's not the best place to start him out. But we still would prepare to play him this weekend if we felt like he would help us win the game."
Fellow freshman Jalen Overstreet, who is also listed behind McCoy on the Longhorns depth chart, has a package of plays prepared for him that Texas can use, regardless of whether McCoy is healthy or not. But the Longhorns will not take the redshirt off Swoopes unless they believe they have to.