Saturday, April 19, 2014
Swoopes struggles in Texas spring game
By Max Olson
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach.
Tyrone Swoopes' audition had its downs and ups, leaving Texas with little clarity for its quarterback concerns after the Orange-White spring game on Saturday.
The sophomore got off to a rough start, missing on seven of his first nine pass attempts, but finished with 229 passing yards and three touchdowns. He led the Longhorns' first-team offense on four touchdown drives during the two-hour scrimmage at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Swoopes received every first-team snap in place of David Ash, who missed the final week of spring practice with a fractured foot, but every snap came against the Texas second-team defense.
"You like the way he (was) able to bounce back," said Strong, who was hired in January from Louisville to replace Mack Brown. "He missed some big throws there, you'd like to see him complete those balls, but then the way he settled down and was able to bounce back, now you feel like, 'OK, he's getting himself back under control.'"
Swoopes was sacked on his first dropback of the day, and then threw an interception to walk-on Dylan Haines on his first attempt. The Texas starting offense accounted for 4 total yards on its first 18 snaps against the No. 2 defense.
The second-year passer rallied from there, leading a 91-yard drive in the second quarter capped by an 11-yard touchdown run from Malcolm Brown, and then ended the half with a 42-yard touchdown on a Hail Mary to Daje Johnson.