Not surprisingly, Texas will begin the season with a familiar face under center.
Charlie Strong confirmed the expected at his Monday press conference, acknowledging that it’ll be Tyrone Swoopes who starts at quarterback when UT travels to South Bend for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. Swoopes had been in a battle with redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, although most thought the nod would go to the incumbent.
In fact, Strong stated that he had known for a couple of weeks that Swoopes was his guy, but held off on publicly naming a starter to allow the competition to play out a little longer.
Taking over as the starter for a concussed David Ash last season, Swoopes started all but one game in 2014. He had moments where he was brilliant — 300-plus yards passing Oklahoma, Iowa State and Oklahoma State — and others where he looked absolutely lost — 24-point bowl loss to Arkansas, four interceptions in a 38-point loss to TCU. Those latter two performances came in back-to-back games to close out the season, leading Strong to open up the competition in the spring.