Sunday, September 4, 2011
Swope taking over for Aggies receivers
By David Ubben
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (14 receptions, 158 yards, touchdown) and Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (11 receptions, 144 yards) had big debuts for the Big 12's strongest position: receiver.
At Texas A&M, you'd expect those kinds of numbers to come from the league's No. 3 receiver, Jeff Fuller, but early on, it's been slot man Ryan Swope making big plays downfield, underneath and on bubble screens.
He's caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown already, but he took over on Texas A&M's last touchdown drive that has the Aggies ahead 27-14 midway through the second quarter.
He caught four passes for 53 yards and ad-libbed on a broken play for a 28-yard score to finish the drive.
Fuller has only been targeted once so far, and drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone. The Aggies haven't thrown downfield much, but are working shorter screens and bubble routes early.
New SMU quarterback J.J. McDermott led the Mustangs on touchdown drives in his first two drives, but he's been high on a good percentage of his throws so far. For now, Kyle Padron is still on the bench.
After the score, McDermott was sacked twice and the Ponies went three-and-out. We might see Padron again before too long.