Is it time for Tyrone Swoopes to find a new home? And by new home, I don’t mean transferring to a different school. Instead, I’m thinking it might be time for him to move to a new position.
This is not a knock on the guy’s talent or abilities. He is a gifted athlete. The problem is Swoopes just doesn’t seem comfortable at quarterback. During the spring game, the first-team offense really struggled with Swoopes under center. Maybe a change of scenery would benefit him. Players change positions all the time, most of the time for the better.
Studying the quarterback position, David Ash is the unequivocal leader of this team. It’s his team – if he can stay healthy. Jerrod Heard is now on campus, and if you believe what Trent Dilfer had to say about Heard, it won’t take long for the true freshman to overtake Swoopes. Factor in 2015 recruit Zach Gentry, and it looks like playing time will be almost nonexistent for Swoopes. The reality is Charlie Strong is hanging his hat on Ash or Heard leading the team this season. He can’t afford to play a developmental quarterback when he needs wins to stem the tide of recruits streaming to the Texas A&M Aggies.
Why let that talent waste away on the bench?
So where should Swoopes move to? Taking a quick look at the roster, tight end is intriguing. Texas tight ends combined for six catches last season. Greg Daniels and Geoff Swaim each had three apiece. M.J. McFarland mostly played special teams. Blake Whiteley has transferred from Arizona Western Community College, where he had eight catches. Quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson made use of the tight end when he was the offensive coordinator for the Louisville Cardinals. Gerald Christian led all Cardinals TEs with 28 catches and four touchdowns. Christian and Swoopes are built similarly, as well. Christian is 6-3 and 242 pounds. Swoopes stands 6-4 and 240. I bet Swoopes is much more athletic than Christian.
Swoopes should redshirt this year and make the transition to tight end. This would leave him with three seasons to develop his craft and potentially flourish at the position. He might even develop into the next Jermichael Finley.
The alternative is to watch the young man spend his college football career standing on the sidelines, or playing in garbage time. That just seems like such a travesty.