Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes goes through drills during the first spring practice at Denius Fields. He'll likely work with the first-team offense during the annual spring game. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

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Golden: Was naming Tyrone Swoopes the starting QB a wake-up call to Jerrod Heard?

Posted March 8th, 2016

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In today’s Golden’s Nuggets, Cedric touches on some Bevo-related items including his take on Tyrone Swoopes as a the starting quarterback, Charlie Strong’s possible place in the UT all-time record book and what to do with Cam Ridley in the Big 12 tournament:

On Tyrone Swoopes as the starting quarterback for Texas:

“Strong basically named senior Tyrone Swoopes as the starting quarterback entering the spring, an odd choice given the upside of sophomore Jerrod Heard.

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Swoopes turned in his best season as a Longhorn in 2015, but he was a backup who could pick and choose his spots. It’s still this scribe’s belief that Heard brings the most ability to the table, the type of ability that could take this team to special places.

Part of me wonders if this was done as a wake-up call to Heard. It does give him some motivation — with several months remaining to change the minds of his coaches.”

Texas's Head Coach Shaka Smart celebrates a win with Cameron Ridley against Oklahoma during the NCAA men's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’s Head Coach Shaka Smart celebrates a win with Cameron Ridley against Oklahoma during the NCAA men’s college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (Ricardo Brazziell/American-Statesman)

On what to do with Cam Ridley in the Big 12 tournament:

“Shaka Smart announced Monday that center Cameron Ridley had been cleared for running and jumping drills, which means he’s closer to returning to game action.

Good news for Texas since the big guy is an integral part of the team offensively.

“The doctor was optimistic, and we’re hopeful that he’s going to be able to play soon,” Smart said. “I don’t know exactly when because he has not practiced yet.

“Basketball-wise, I would put him in right now.”

Adding Ridley to the lineup changes the Texas attack on both ends because he’s simply one of the most talented big men in the Big 12 Conference. With that said, Smart should hold him out of the conference tournament.

Ridey hasn’t played a second of a game since having surgery on the foot he fractured two days after Christmas, and it makes little sense to throw him to the wolf that is Baylor’s Rico Gathers during Texas’ tourney opener on Thursday.

The conference tournament is basically window dressing for the 2016 Horns, who aren’t going to move up much in the NCAA Tournament seedings unless they win the Big 12 Tournament championship.

Ridley should be allowed to run up and down the practice court and work on his conditioning before he has to get in there and bang, especially since he hasn’t been banging for a while.”

On Charlie Strong’s possible place in the UT all-time record book:

“Charlie Strong told USA Today columnist George Schroeder what many of us already knew.

“The seat,” he said, “it’s hot.”

Not exactly the most informative statement, but an important one when you consider that Strong has never talked about his job security in such a succinct fashion. He knows he wasn’t given that barrel of money to come in here and lose games, but it appears that Strong has come to accept that there won’t be a fourth season for him if his team doesn’t show some drastic improvement in the third one.

He’s brought in five new coaches to mesh with Vance Bedford and Brian Jean-Mary, the only holdovers from his original staff. Then he followed up with the 11th-best recruiting class in the country after a season when he played quite a few freshmen.

With spring football upon us — my favorite time of the year (wink, wink) — Strong sounded like a man who knows excuses won’t cut it, especially if the Longhorns flop this fall, and he becomes the first head football coach in school history to post a sub-.500 record in three straight seasons. We’re talking 120 years of football, there. It’s not the kind of history Strong needs to be making.”

For the rest of Cedric’s nuggets including his thoughts on Peyton Manning’s retirement, click here.

 

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