AUSTIN, Texas -- Before hyperbole and highlights steal away the sanity of everyone with burnt orange hearts, let's get this straight: David Ash is the starting quarterback for Texas. No question.
Backup? Ah, now that is where the riddles begin.
Freshman Tyrone Swoopes stole the show and the imagination of those watching the Texas spring game Saturday. Sure, it was only one series. But it was the first series in which the first-team defense was not only scored on but made to look confused by a freshman and a patchwork line. OK, given where this defense has been -- the worst in school history just a scant five months ago -- maybe the 10-play, 31-yard drive Swoopes engineered for a field goal was not such a huge accomplishment. Then again, given where this offense has been in terms of quarterbacks since Colt McCoy, having a starter and a potentially electrifying option just steps away on the sideline ... consider it a cattle prod in the side of Bevo.
Swoopes provided that shock to the system by first scampering 21 yards around and through the first-team defense. He followed that by slipping underneath the tackles of Adrian Phillips and Jordan Hicks and going for seven more yards. And while it wasn't anywhere near the stuff legends are made of, it was enough to plant Swoopes at the forefront of the endlessly spinning next-big-thing wheel.
Oh, and by the way, he is also now in front of Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet as the third-string quarterback despite being on campus for just three months. Case McCoy, the on-paper No. 2 QB, remains the next hurdle for Swoopes to clear before he plays. Building Swoopes up with a redshirt year so he can learn and grow is no foregone conclusion, Texas coach Mack Brown said.
"We are trying to get the best quarterback that we need," Brown said. "And obviously Case will be gone in a year so someone needs to be ready to go."
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