Sept 3 2011; Austin, TX, USA; General view of Texas Longhorns mascot Bevo following a game between Texas and the Rice Owls at Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat Rice, 34-9. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Horns Up! Tyrone Swoopes Needs To Play This Year!

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When you are watching sports, you know what you are seeing is greatness. You can’t explain it, you can’t quantify it, but you know it when you see it.

Tyrone Swoopes will be one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play at the University of Texas.

I know that might be considered blasphemous to some but I don’t care. You know when you see greatness and for the 46,000 in the stands and the 200 people watching on the Longhorn Network, they saw greatness. His stats won’t wow you but his ability to make plays will. Almost every time he touched the ball, you have to hold your breath because you might see something you have never seen before. Some have raised concerns about his weight. Tyrone Swoopes is listed at 6’4″ and 245 lbs by Texas athletics. He can add some pounds onto that frame, which currently he is 20 lbs heavier than Vince Young was in college.

The debate on redshirting or playing true freshmen will always be around but putting Tyrone on the scout team isn’t doing him any favors. He needs game reps and lots of it. If Tyrone gets a series or two a game, that would go a long way in his development. Sure saving a year of eligibility would be great but the Longhorns also have to keep in mind they have another elite quarterback prospect committed to them for the 2014 class. Jerrod Heard from Denton Guyer high school in Denton, Texas is already committed and is ranked 69th on the Fansided 150. If you redshirt Tyrone Swoopes, you only have 1 year separating Swoopes and Heard. That would lead to Heard potentially looking around.

At this point, the reward outweighs the risk. Tyrone Swoopes makes Texas better. How much better? Time will tell but his athleticism and playmaking ability are an asset to the Longhorns.

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