When Tyrone Swoopes took off his redshirt to play the last series of a blowout win over TCU, some interpreted the move as an indication that the chance David Ash will return sometime this season is slim.
After saying last week that Ash told him he intended on playing again this year, Texas head coach Mack Brown said Monday that Ash is making progress and has even started throwing again.
"They actually told us yesterday in our staff meeting that he is making progress," Brown said. "I saw him. He said he actually threw some balls this weekend. He is doing much better. When he will return to play, who knows? But I think the symptoms are subsiding."
Ash last played in the first half of the Longhorns' 31-21 win over Kansas State last month, missing the three games since. He suffered a concussion in the loss to BYU, Texas' second game of the year, forcing him to miss the next game against Ole Miss.
He returned to start the following week against Kansas State, only to exit the game after halftime with yet another head injury. Ash was ruled out for this Saturday's contest against Kansas after the Longhorns' 30-7 victory over TCU this past weekend.
Brown was unsure when asked whether there could come a time this season when he would think about sitting Ash, who did not make the trip to Fort Worth last week, for the rest of the season.
"That's totally up to doctors and trainers," Brown said. "Because they would have to make that decision. If he's ready to play, we would play him."