Regardless of QB Issues, Texas Longhorns Must Protect Tyrone Swoopes’ Redshirt
With it being common knowledge now that Texas Longhorns starer David Ash will miss this Saturday’s contest against the Ole Miss Rebels in Austin, plenty of rumblings have layered the Texas message boards and the rumors have begun to fly about who will and will not be taking snaps in the short-term as Ash heals.
Senior backup Case McCoy will get the start for the Longhorns on Saturday, and the success or failure of Texas’ bounce-back bid will lie in his hands, and hopefully, for the sake of the Texas offense over the course of the next few years, in his hands alone.
As predicted, plenty of folks in meltdown mode on the message boards suggest that McCoy stay planted firmly on the bench in favor of true freshman Tyrone Swoopes, in essence bypassing a proven, if not a little shaky quantity for a complete unknown. In terms of logic alone, this doesn’t make sense, and it’s obvious that such suggestion is purely driven by the blind anger so common of Texas fans when a winnable game doesn’t end with a win. That much is as predictable as bad driving on Mopac when there’s a 1/4 inch of rain that breaks apart a bright summer day.
Burning Tyrone Swoopes’ redshirt in a last ditch act of desperation may appease the masses in Mack Brown’s ever more desperate efforts to save his own backside, but it would do nothing in terms of the development of the position over the next few seasons.
When McCoy graduates and the 2014 season arrives, Ash will be a senior, Swoopes will be in his second season on campus, and Denton Guyer 4-star recruit Jerrod Heard will be a freshman. Given this scenario, it would be much more valuable for Swoopes to have a full four-years of eligibility remaining from 2014-2018 rather than three just because he played a few plays in games for a team with a murky future, to put it lightly.
So, in short, if you’re a Texas fan, you should hope with all you have that Tyrone Swoopes doesn’t take a single snap this season, as strange as that may sound.
It truly is for the greater good.
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