When sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes makes his first career start against BYU Saturday, quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson doesn’t want him trying to be Superman.
“He doesn’t need to put an ‘s’ on his chest and a cape on his back and try to do it all by himself,” Watson said. “It won’t work that way.”
Leading up to Texas’ season opener, both head coach Charlie Strong and Watson urged that then-starting quarterback David Ash only needed to manage the offense. Their message hasn’t changed with Swoopes at the helm.
“His first transition as he develops is he’s gotta be a part of why we win,” Watson said. “I said a part. He’s gotta understand what he’s got at his disposal. He’s got two great tailbacks, he’s got a really gifted corps of receivers, he’s got really good tight ends, he’s got a really good offensive line, so he’s gotta let those people help him.”
Last year, Swoopes only played in six games, mostly in garbage duty. But despite only completing five of 13 passes and averaging 3.9 yards rushign on 20 carries, senior receiver Jaxon Shipley has faith in his new quarterback.
“A lot of y’all in the media and stuff don’t get to see a lot of stuff because, behind the scenes and at these practices and a lot of the two-a-days and stuff like that, that dude, I’m telling you, he can play,” Shipley said. “Obviously, y’all don’t get to see that becasue he doesn’t get to get the reps on the field and stuff, so people just see the times that he has gone in against Oregon and stuff. But I’m just telling you right now, the dude can play, and y’all need to be ready for him cause he’s gonna come out ready to go.”