The Longhorns made official Friday what many already had suspected: Injured starting quarterback David Ash will miss Saturday’s game against Ole Miss.
Replacing Ash will be senior Case McCoy, with freshman Tyrone Swoopes serving as the backup and redshirt freshman Jalen Overstreet listed as the emergency No. 3 quarterback.
Texas coach Mack Brown announced Monday that tailback and slot receiver Daje Johnson will miss Saturday’s game with an ankle injury suffered on the first series of the Longhorns’ 40-21 loss at Brigham Young last Saturday. Combined with Ash’s absence, that means the Longhorns will be without arguably their two most important offensive options.
Ash sustained injuries to his head and right (throwing) shoulder late in the BYU game. He had been listed as day-to-day all week.
Ash’s status isn’t a surprise. There had been speculation he would be sidelined, and on Tuesday, wide receiver Jaxon Shipley told the media, “Obviously, we’re not happy that David is out this week, but we’ve got Case, and Case has done a great job over the years of coming in and just making plays.”
McCoy will make the seventh start of his career after going 3-3 in the previous six. The brother of former Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy is best known for leading Texas past Texas A&M in the final game of the series in 2011. He also came off the bench at Kansas in the fourth quarter last season and rallied UT to a 21-17 victory with two late touchdowns.
“I’m fully confident in Case,” offensive guard Trey Hopkins said earlier this week. “He’s been there before. He knows the calls.”
In 23 career appearances for Texas, McCoy has thrown 13 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. In UT’s two games this season, he completed 2 of 2 passes for 13 yards against New Mexico State and 5 of 10 for 62 yards against BYU, including a 45-yard strike to Shipley.
“Our confidence is very high with all our quarterbacks,” running back Johnathan Gray said. “Whatever quarterback they put in, we feel comfortable they can get the job done. We’re rolling with any quarterback that goes in.”