Tyrone Swoopes’ coming out party after his sophomore year proved to be more of a flash in the pan.
After passing for 2,400 yards and dominating opposing defenses with his size/speed combo, he failed to maintain the starting job in his succeeding seasons. After discussing the matter with several agents in the NFL, he has decided the best way to keep playing football is to change positions.
Swoopes will now hope to catch on as a tight end somewhere.
At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Swoopes will be just as big a load streaking down the field as he was out of the pocket. If his receiving abilities are on par with what the league now expects out of that position, it could prove to be a wise decision.
“After the season, I spoke with some agents,” Swoopes said, “They all said that (moving to tight end) was the right move based on everything they were hearing (from scouts and league sources).”
Swoopes ability to run over defenders led the Longhorns to running the “18-wheeler package” when near the goal line. His football I.Q. from the quarterback position and his natural athleticism will help ease the transition, but the learning curve could be steep.
With all of the technique required as a blocker, this area of his game will need a lot of work, otherwise he will be a one-dimensional player and might find himself in the NFL bargain bin before too long.
Swoopes will showcase his abilities for the first time at the Gridiron Showcase on January 7th at Texas. Many NFL scouts are expected to attend.
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