Texas Quarterback Battle: Who’ll Win?

    Tyrone Swoopes or Jerrod Heard? Who'll win the Texas quarterback battle?

    June 11, 2015

    QB Tyrone Swoopes, Jr.
    How much better will Swoopes be? He’s still competing for his job despite starting almost all of last season, and even though he has a world of upside, he needs to be better. At 6-4 and 248 pounds with good mobility, he has the right look, the arm, the smarts, and now the experience. Accuracy has been a problem in the past, but when he was on last year, he showed the upside to potentially carry the team on his own. Brilliant against Oklahoma, he threw for 334 yards and ran for 50 yards and a score in the loss, throwing for over 300 yards three times finishing the year hitting 58% of his throws for 2,409 yards and 13 touchdowns with 11 picks, while running for 262 yards and four scores. It’s all about being able to move the offense. He was at the helm when the offensive struggled to put up points on a regular basis – that can’t happen again.

    QB Jerrod Heard, RFr.
    At the very least, he’s giving the coaching staff another option. At 6-2 and 200 pounds, he’s not as big as Tyrone Swoopes, but he’s a better pure passer and a big-time dual-threat prospect. Smart, slippery, and with outstanding rushing skills, he took off for 2,172 yards and 28 touchdowns as a high school senior, while throwing for 2,148 yards. He might be saying and doing all the right things to be a dutiful No. 2 option, but he’s been great at times this offseason and had a great spring game. If the offense sputters at all for a stretch, he’ll get his shot.

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