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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Tyrone Swoopes showing worth at QB

By Damon Sayles


SAN ANTONIO -- Much is said about ESPN 150 athlete Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright).

Will he play quarterback at Texas? Can he make the necessary throws at the next level? Is he better suited as a wide receiver? Or as a tight end? Or as a safety?

For at least one day, Swoopes, committed to Texas as a quarterback, silenced all critics and made them all respect him as a quarterback. Swoopes was impressive during Thursday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl West team practice.

The first two days of practice saw Swoopes and the other quarterbacks have their struggles with connecting with receivers on deep balls. The timing was on point Thursday between Swoopes and his receivers, and he took advantage in drills.

“I just do what I can do,” Swoopes said. “I can’t really be anybody else or play like anybody else. I’m just going to go in and do what I can. Hopefully, it’ll be good enough to get a win for the West.”

Swoopes, who committed to Texas in February, said he’s unsure who will start at quarterback for the West on Saturday. He’s competing with ESPN 150 USC commit Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and ESPN 300 LSU commit Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral). Swoopes, ranked No. 128 in the ESPN 150, participated in the Elite 11 finals over the summer in California.

“We’ve all been getting work in,” Swoopes said of the West quarterbacks. “I don’t think it’ll be that big of a deal who starts, because everybody will get to play. You’ve just got to be ready.”

Swoopes, who also reconfirmed his commitment to Texas, said he’s enjoyed his time in San Antonio. The 6-foot-5, 229-pound athlete has seen many of the players by way of summer events, and he called the practices “a reunion” of sorts. Swoopes added that he’s hoping to get additional tutelage out of his stay in San Antonio, which could help him continue to flourish as a college quarterback.

As for Saturday’s game, Swoopes is hoping to put up big numbers in an effort to guide his team to a win. Keeping his critics silent would make for an added bonus.

“People should expect a good game,” he said. “They’ve got good guys on the East, and we’ve got good guys on the West.”