Fans finally got some clarity on the Texas Longhorns starting quarterback battle today as, not surprisingly, head coach Charlie Strong told reporters that junior Tyrone Swoopes would be the starter in the team’s season opener against Notre Dame “if the season started today.”
Strong’s words were reported on Twitter by Anwar Richardson of Rivals and Chip Brown of Scout.com’s Horns Digest.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 22, 2015
— Chip Brown (@ChipBrown247) August 22, 2015
It’s not exactly a shock that Swoopes would be the starter, as he is a junior with a traditional quarterback’s build at 6-foot-4, 244 pounds. He was also the starter last season, throwing for 2,409 yards and 13 touchdowns with 11 interceptions while also chipping in 262 rush yards and four scores on the ground.
And then, there’s Heard. Though a dual threat quarterback, he is still a raw redshirt freshman despite being a former four-star recruit. Moreover, he’s a bit small for quarterback at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. Sure, he’ll likely get playing time in certain situations this year, but he’s going to have to impress the coaching staff immensely if he is going to supplant Swoopes as the favorite for the starting job against Notre Dame on September 5.
Coach Strong still has some time to make a final decision on who will be the Longhorns’ starting man under center come the beginning of the season, but Campus Sports will update this story as any and all new information becomes available.
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