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Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said that "[Notre Dame's defense has to] prepare for [a new Texas offense] and the potential for two quarterbacks."

"We have no film other than a grainy ESPN Longhorn Network game from the spring. That’s not much to go on," said Kelly, who added that he fully expects the Longhorn offense to look different this season. Texas HC Charlie Strong played it down, noting that "they know what we have at quarterback and they know some of the returning players that we have coming back. I don’t think we can surprise them at all." Strong named junior Tyrone Swoopes the starting quarterback earlier on Monday. A season ago, the 6-foot-4, 243-pound junior completed fewer than 60-percent of his passes while averaging a paltry 6.27 YPA.
Aug 31 - 6:52 PM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong named junior Tyrone Swoopes the school's starting QB.

Strong indicated as much one week ago, but added Jerrod Heard will also play. Swoopes was not impressive last season. Perhaps there were moments, but overall Swoopes did not elevate the team with his play. A 13:11 touchdown to interception ratio, less than 60 completion percentage and a 6.27 yards per attempt tells part of the story. The pressure could grow a bit more in the second year under Charlie Strong, but the feeling is the head coach is building something positive and patience is necessary.
Aug 31 - 12:39 PM

Texas senior RB Jonathan Gray was held out of Saturday's scrimmage merely as a precaution.

Gray is currently dealing with nagging ankle and elbow injuries. He probably could have taken part in the scrimmage, but the team's being cautious, as you would expect with somebody of his injury history. He tore his right Achilles tendon in November of 2013 and has been slow to show signs that he's completely returned to the level of explosiveness that made him a five-star recruit out of high school. A year ago, he averaged just 4.3 YPC. Head coach Charlie Strong has made noise about the 5-foot-11, 215-pounder getting 30 carries a game, but it's reasonable to question whether Gray's a back who can handle that kind of load.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 24 - 4:00 PM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong said junior QB Tyrone Swoopes would start the season opener in South Bend against Notre Dame if it were today.

"If we had to go play Notre Dame today, it would be Tyrone," Strong said. Swoopes has never relinquished the No. 1 spot and we'd be a bit surprised if it happened over the next few weeks. Keep in mind, however, that Strong expects to play both Swoopes and Jerod Heard in the opener against the Irish, regardless of who begins the game.
Aug 22 - 10:38 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter predicts "a big year" for Texas senior RB Johnathan Gray if he's "fully confident in his ability to cut and burst once past the line of scrimmage."

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Gray tore his right ACL during his sophomore season and "just began to show glimpses of his explosive running style near the end of 2014," Reuter wrote. Gray spent most of last year getting up to speed, only rushing for 637 yards (the lowest output of his career) and seven scores on 4.3 YPC (also the lowest). Gray shows flashes of his five-star past when healthy, but he's never healthy (even now he's battling ankle and elbow issues). Texas HC Charlie Strong says Gray could see close to 30 carries per game if his body holds up. We'll see.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 22 - 7:00 PM

Texas redshirt junior S Dylan Haines "is a well rounded safety who’s fearless defending the run while also displaying top ball skills in coverage," observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He offers solid size and is coming off a breakout campaign, which he needs to build upon, but I believe he has second day potential," Pauline wrote. The analyst grades Haines as a preseason Rd. 3 prospect.
Aug 16 - 11:04 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes that Texas junior QB Tyrone Swoopes "is a tremendous athlete with a next level arm."

"I love his patience in the pocket as he’s by no means a run first signal caller. I also feel he makes solid decisions," Pauline wrote. The Texas QB struggled behind a line that failed to keep him upright in 2014. Last season, Swoopes threw for 2409 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while completing 58.3 percent of his passes. Pauline believes that Swoopes "must really turn the corner in 2015 and improve the nuances of his game if scouts are to fully move into his camp."
Aug 14 - 2:31 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Texas senior CB Duke Thomas "should be a solid mid-to-late round pick as a fourth/fifth defensive back and special-teams contributor."

Thomas (5-foot-11, 178 pounds) earned his nickname with a John Wayne-esque bowlegged gait as a child. "Thomas doesn't have a tall, thick frame like Wayne did, but he's willing to get dirty and fight receivers for the ball when in position to do so." Thomas had 53 tackles, 10 pass deflections and three interceptions in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 7:11 PM

Texas freshman TE DeAndre McNeal "is the truth," according to beat writer Anwar Richardson.

"This kid will be a playmaker for the Longhorns," Richardson continued. "Big body and catches everything." McNeal is only listed at 6'1/236 lbs, so he will likely fill a Joker receiving role. The Longhorns could use some playmaking threats, at least compared to last year, so McNeal might make an immediate impact.
Aug 9 - 12:58 PM

Texas' QB rotation of redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard and presumed starting junior Tyrone Swoopes will continue beyond the opening game against Notre Dame.

The news comes from quarterback coach Shawn Watson, who says the rotation will remain during Texas' non-conference games. After the opener against Notre Dame. Texas plays Rice and Cal before their first conference showdown against Oklahoma State. We were not impressed with Swoopes' play last season.
Aug 6 - 12:55 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong suggested senior RB Johnathan Gray could see close to 30 carries per game.

"We have backups, but we'd like to see J. Gray go out and just have a big year," Strong told reporters. The biggest issue will be for Gray to stay healthy. A torn Achilles derailed his promising sophomore season, and many athletes say it takes a full year to recover from that kind of surgery. In three seasons, Gray has averaged 4.65 yards per carry with 15 total touchdowns.
Aug 3 - 9:25 AM

Texas HC Charlie Strong has already stated he will use two quarterbacks in the season opener against Notre Dame.

Those two quarterbacks are redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard and presumed starting junior Tyrone Swoopes. The latter was not impressive in his time as the starter in 2014. We think the old saying applies: If you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one.
Source: Fansided
Jul 25 - 8:11 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong named junior QB Tyrone Swoopes first-string quarterback entering fall practice.

"When you walk out there, somebody's got to be in charge," Strong said. "So Swoopes will be in charge because he's played a lot." In other words, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard will be given a fair opportunity to win the job during two-a-days. "I'm just saying, we walk out there on the 7th and somebody's got to take those snaps," Strong said. "[Swoopes will] walk out there. With Jerrod, we'll see by Notre Dame if he can go get the position." Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley's son Kai, an ESPN 300 athlete, is also on the periphery of the mix. "The thing about him is, he has enough moxie about him that he may think he is the guy," Strong said. "But there's nothing wrong with that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 8:34 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon argued that Texas redshirt junior DT Hassan Ridgeway was spurned from Mel Kiper's positional draft rankings.

Ridgeway (6-foot-4, 320 pounds) started the last 10 games of 2014 after Tank Jackson's injury and posted 9.5 TFL, six sacks and 46 tackles playing alongside Malcom Brown. "Ridgeway has terrific size and is extremely disruptive -- he had at least one tackle for loss in eight of 13 games in 2014 -- so it would not be the least bit surprising if the junior defensive tackle joins Brown on Sundays in the future and debuts on Kiper Jr.'s big board at some point during the fall," Chatmon wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 1:11 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown announced that it's Texas redshirt junior Hassan Ridgeway's "turn for the spotlight."

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Ridgeway started the last 10 games of 2014 and posted a respectable 9.5 TFL, six sacks and 46 tackles. Brown pegs him as the No. 19 defensive tackle in the land, mostly on potential. "The Longhorns, despite their struggles, played excellent defense most of last year under Charlie Strong, but they lose many key players -- including end Cedric Reed and tackle Malcom Brown, a first-round pick," Brown wrote. "With both gone, it's Ridgeway's turn to become a star up front."
Jul 12 - 7:01 PM


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