The Charlie Strong era got kicked off for the Texas Longhorns on Saturday as they hit the field inside Texas Memorial Stadium for their annual spring game, and they had to do so with sophomore Tyrone Swoopes leading the first-team offense rather than the veteran David Ash who is out the rest of the spring with a fractured foot.
In the beginning, it did not look promising at all as Swoopes struggled to lead the Longhorns offense to anything positive. He missed on seven of his first nine pass attempts, however he was able to show one attribute that any coach looks for in the leader of their offense–resiliency.
Swoopes finished the game with 229 yards through the air and three touchdowns, and following the performance, Strong praised that resiliency that he saw from Swoopes.
“You like the way he (was) able to bounce back,” Strong told ESPN. “He missed some big throws there, you’d like to see him complete those balls, but then the way he settled down and was able to bounce back, now you feel like, ‘OK, he’s getting himself back under control.’”
Overall though, there is still a lot of work ahead for this Texas offense as they begin the post-Mack Brown era, and it’s expected that most of that will be done with Ash at the helm of the offense after that foot heals.
But at least it was learned today that Swoopes has what it takes to get it done, should Ash have more injury issues down the road.