UT quarterback Tyrone Swoopes rushes in the second overtime against Notre Dame at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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How many ducks would it take to pull this truck? Things that weigh as much as the 18-Wheeler package

Posted September 27th, 2016


Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State marks the one-year anniversary of the first time Texas used its 18-Wheeler package with Tyrone Swoopes.

In the 12 games since its inception, the 18 Wheeler has produced 14 rushing touchdowns for Swoopes, an overtime win over No. 10-ranked Notre Dame and a line of T-shirts.

At 6-foot-4, 249 pounds, Swoopes is the lightest player on the field when the Longhorns roll out the big rig. During the Cal game, ESPN used a graphic that illustrated what makes the 18-Wheeler so effective:


“Total weight: 1.6 tons.”

That got us thinking. What else weighs about 3,000 pounds? Here are just a few things:

1. About three actual Texas Longhorns

We’ll use Bevo XV as a reference here, even if he is a bit young.

It would take three of the Texas mascot to match the weight comprised by the 11 players in the 18-Wheeler package. Perhaps ESPN commentator Rod Gilmer put it best during the Texas-Cal broadcast when he said, “Look at all the beef.”

2. 1,054 ducks

While Texas was on its bye last weekend, the rest of the country — well, at least the SEC — was talking about ducks pulling trucks.

Which begs the question, how many ducks would it take to match the weight of the Texas 18 Wheeler?

According to National Geographic, mallard ducks can grow up to 3 pounds. Do the math, and that’s a whole lot of quacking.

3. 2014 Ford Focus

OK, so a real 18-wheeler weighs more than 10 times as much as the 18-Wheeler package, even when there’s nothing in the trailer.

I decided to Google my own car for reference, and it turns out I’m riding in the equivalent of an 18 Wheeler.

4. 49 College Football Playoff National Championship trophies

It’s never too early (or late) to dream, right?

Sure, Texas is a long shot to reach the College Football Playoff. But the Big 12 is a mess and the Longhorns certainly weren’t eliminated with their loss to Cal. It is going to take some better defense, though.

One thing we do know is that Texas has plenty of muscle to lift the 65-pound trophy should they get the chance.

5. About six Big Berthas

The “Largest Bass Drum in the World” is an iconic piece of game day at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Big Bertha takes the field before the start of their game against Rice at Royal Memorial Stadium Saturday September 12, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Big Bertha takes the field before the start of Texas’ game against Rice at Royal Memorial Stadium Saturday September 12, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Wikipedia claims Big Bertha to weigh more than 500 pounds, which definitely seems possible considering it stands over 10-feet high when mounted.

At that estimate, it would take six Big Bertha drums — or two Longhorns and two Big Berthas — to match the power of the 18-Wheeler. Either is capable of making a bang that leaves heads pounding the next morning.

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