Ash, Espinosa out; Swoopes in

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By Justin Wells, Inside Texas Web Editor
Posted Sep 1, 2014
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Charlie Strong announced that David Ash  (concussion symptoms) and Dominic Espinosa (fractured ankle) will miss Saturday's start vs BYU during his weekly press conference at DKR. He mentioned Tyrone Swoopes will start at QB and OT Desmond Harrison returns from suspension.

Welcome to Austin, Charlie.

AUSTIN -- Charlie Strong's first season at Texas just got tougher.

Strong announced that QB David Ash and C Dominic Espinosa will miss starts versus BYU this week at his weekly press conference.

Ash, who missed most of the last season with a concussion, took an early hit during the UNT game but continued to play without symptoms during Saturday's 38-7 win. Then later that night the trainers instructed the UT staff that Ash was getting "headaches and dizziness."  

"We would never jeopardize a young man's health for the good of the football team," said Strong. He also mentioned not ruiling out the possibility of Ash returning this year. He declined to say what the medical staff is evaluating.

The news rasies questions whether Ash should continue to play football or not. Ash never mentioned quitting during the offseason, only that family and friends suggested it. Now, he has to re-think his football future.

Sophomore QB Tyrone Swoopes, from Whitewright, Texas, will get his first career start.

"It's all about (Swoopes) now. He needs to grow up. You're going to have to to tweak (offense) it some. I'm not sure how much. I have confidence in Tyrone."

Espinosa has a fractured ankle and will miss considerable time, Strong said. It's still unsure if he'll miss the season. RS freshman Jake Raulerson will start in his place.

Strong mentioned OT Desmond Harrison would return from his 1-game suspension this week, while Daje Johnson and Josh Turner will miss BYU because of suspensions.

Strong said BYU QB Taysom Hill is unbelieveably talented and a Heisman contender.

"Adversity has hit," said Strong. "Now the challenge of this football team is how we bounce back and what we're all about."

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