This spring, coach Mack Brown has made it clear that David Ash is the undisputed No. 1 quarterback for the Texas Longhorns as they prepare for the fall season. Case McCoy currently holds the back-up position, however, there has been a lot of talk out of Austin that another quarterback on campus has been making quite a name for himself, battling it out for the No. 2 position.
True freshman quarterback, Tyrone Swoopes, enrollee at The University of Texas in January. A 6-foot-5, 229-pound athlete out of Whitewright, Texas, Swoopes was highly sought after throughout the recruiting process. He received offers from prominent teams such as the Alabama Crimson Tide, the LSU Tigers, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and most other top tier programs. However, most believe that though Swoopes is a tremendous athlete, he is thought to be more of a project as a quarterback.
Nevertheless, Swoopes has had a really strong spring in Austin, and people are starting to take notice. Apparently, he’s already been bumped up to the number three spot behind Case and isn’t done yet. He’s making good decisions, has shown a very strong arm, and has been completely unfazed by the increased speed of the game. Many feel that by next season’s end, he could be the first in line behind Ash and could even make his way onto the field in certain plays designed specifically for him.
It’s no secret that the Longhorns plan to return to a spread offense this fall and that they will rely much more heavily on the legs of the quarterback, designing plays that call for the quarterback to run the ball. This plays to Swoopes’ strengths as a true, dual-threat quarterback.
It’s unclear whether or not Swoopes will redshirt this fall or not. If Ash can prove to be the leader that the Longhorns need, they may have the luxury of sitting Swoopes this season and creating a bit of separation, but if Ash struggles or–Heaven forbid–gets injured, fans may see Swoopes sooner than later. According to reports from the 40 Acres this spring, he’s making it pretty hard for the Texas coaches to keep him off the field.