David Ash may be Texas’ starting quarterback for 2013, but the player who raised the most eyebrows in the Longhorns’ annual Orange-White scrimmage was the one who has only been on campus a few months.
The talk of Austin was freshman signal caller Tyrone Swoopes, an early enrollee and four-star member of Texas’ 2012 recruiting class. Though Swoopes appeared in only one series which resulted in a field goal, his 21-yard scramble against Texas’ first-team defense had the some 46,000 fans in attendance buzzing.
After the scrimmage, it was confirmed that Swoopes had emerged as the No. 3 QB for the Horns behind veterans Ash and Case McCoy, but ahead of Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet.
Ash, for the record, went 17 of 24 for 162 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions while McCoy went 7-of-11 for 80 yards.
The plan for Texas could be to redshirt Swoopes to give him time to learn whatever offense the Longhorns are running this year, but Mack Brown said that’s not a guarantee.
“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.”
Swoopes is raw and no one is — or should be, anyway — labeling him as the future of the program right now, but the freshman is off to an impressive start.