Tyrone Swoopes

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Tyrone Swoopes
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Swoopes at the 2014 Red River Rivalry
Free agent
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1994-11-14) November 14, 1994 (age 24)
Stephenville, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Whitewright
(Whitewright, Texas)
College: Texas
Undrafted: 2017
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2018
Receptions: 1
Receiving yards: 23
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Alphonso Tyrone Swoopes Jr. (born November 14, 1994) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns football team.

High school career

Swoopes was a highly recruited high school football player. He played in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and consistently was rated among the top 10 quarterback recruits in the country. In addition to football, he played guard in basketball, in baseball, and competed in the long jump, triple jump, 4 × 400 m, 4 × 200 m, 4 × 100 m and shot put in track and field.[1] He committed to play college football at the University of Texas under head coach Mack Brown.[2]

College career

2013 season

In his lone season with head coach Mack Brown, Swoopes saw limited play in the 2013 season, coming in mostly for relief in six games.[3]

On November 2, Swoopes completed his first career collegiate pass against Kansas.[4] On November 28, he had his first career rushing touchdown, which came in the fourth quarter against Texas Tech.[5] On December 30, Swoopes saw time in the 2013 Alamo Bowl against Oregon. In the bowl game, Swoopes had eight rushes for 38 yards.[6]

2014 season

Swoopes entered the 2014 season with a new head coach, Charlie Strong.[7]

In the first game of the 2014 season, Swoopes entered the game only for the last series, but after a career-ending injury to David Ash, Swoopes was thrown into the unexpected role of starter for the second game against BYU. He remained the starter for the rest of the season.[8]

Swoopes described the season as one of "ups and downs."[9] Despite solid play by Swoopes, his debut game against BYU represented the worst home loss, 41–7, for Texas since 1997.[10][11] Swoopes had another solid performance the following week against #12 UCLA, but despite a late lead, the Longhorns again came up short.[12] Swoopes led Texas to a win over unranked Kansas,[13] then a loss to #7 Baylor[14] before throwing for a career-high 334 yards in a close loss to Oklahoma.[15] That was followed by a gutsy win over Iowa State in which Swoopes, who set a career-high for total offense, led the Longhorns on a game-winning drive with only 28 seconds left, after having led them on a touchdown drive only a minute earlier.[16] The next game brought a shutout loss to #11 Kansas State.[17] Then the team won three straight over Texas Tech,[18] #24 West Virginia,[19] and Oklahoma State.[20] The highlight of the season was arguably the upset win of then #24 West Virginia, which was not a great game for Swoopes, but was a necessary one for Texas to become bowl-eligible. The next week, against Oklahoma State, Swoopes had the best game of his career, with 305 yards, two touchdowns, and a career-high quarterback rating of 170.4. In the last game of the regular season, Texas was beaten badly by #5 TCU in a game in which Swoopes threw a career-high four interceptions.[21]

Swoopes and the Longhorns went to the Texas Bowl where they met an old Southwest Conference rival Arkansas, but the offense, which struggled all season due to injury and rule-violation losses to the offensive line, was able to muster only 59 yards of offense. It was Swoopes's worst game. He produced only 25 yards of total offense (57 yards of passing and −32 yards of rushing) and registered a career low quarterback rating of 63.2.[22] His performance during the last two games of the season and his 5–7 record as a starter left analysts questioning his role in 2015. Before the bowl game, Max Olson of ESPN wrote of him "he will have to fight for his job next year."[9]

2015 season

Swoopes played a significant role for the Longhorns in the 2015 season. He did start the season shaky in a loss in the season opener against Notre Dame, Swoopes was 7-of-22 for 93 yards and had ten rushing attempts for 17 yards.[23] On September 26, he had his first rushing touchdown of the season against Oklahoma State.[24] In the next game against TCU, he had his first passing touchdown of the season.[25] In the next game against Oklahoma, Swoopes had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown.[26] Two weeks later, against Kansas State, he had a career-high three rushing touchdowns to along with 50 rushing yards.[27] On November 7, Swoopes had a career-day against Kansas. Against the Jayhawks, he had 98 yards passing and one passing touchdown. In addition, he had a career-high four rushing touchdowns to along with 59 rushing yards.[28] On November 26, against Texas Tech, he had 98 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[29] He started at quarterback in the last game of the year at #12 Baylor. Texas won the game in an upset by a score of 23-17. In the victory, Swoopes had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown.[30]

Overall, Swoopes was 47-of-93 for 537 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. On the ground, he had 451 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on 74 attempts.[31]

2016 season

Swoopes started the 2016 season by appearing in the game against #10 Notre Dame. He had a strong performance in the 50-47 2OT victory. He had 13 carries for 53 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner.[32] A few weeks later, against Oklahoma State, Swoopes had six carries for 24 yards and two touchdowns.[33] Over the course of the rest of the season, Swoopes appeared in seven games and recorded two other rushing touchdowns.

Overall, in the 2016 season, Swoopes had 54 rushes for 174 yards and seven touchdowns.[34]

Statistics

Passing statistics

Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int
2013 Texas 6 55.3 13 5 38.5 26 0 0
2014 Texas 12 116.5 384 224 58.3 2409 13 11
2015 Texas 11 111.1 93 47 50.5 537 4 1
2016 Texas 11 94.9 9 5 55.6 66 0 1
Totals: 40 113.5 499 281 56.3 3,038 17 13

Rushing statistics

Season Team Att Yds TD
2013 Texas 20 79 1
2014 Texas 108 262 4
2015 Texas 74 451 12
2016 Texas 54 174 7
Totals: 256 966 24

Awards

Results
  Won
  Honorable mention
  Nominated
Tyrone Swoopes' college career awards
Award Date Team Last Played Source(s)
Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Spring 2014
[1]
Awarded by own team
Shared

Professional career

Swoopes signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2017.[35] He was waived on September 2, 2017, and was signed to the Seahawks' practice squad the next day.[36][37] He was promoted to the active roster on December 30, 2017.[38]

On September 1, 2018, Swoopes was waived by the Seahawks.[39] He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 9, 2018.[40] He was promoted to the active roster on October 13, 2018.[41] He was waived on October 27, 2018 and was re-signed to the practice squad.[42] He was released on November 6, 2018.[43]

References

  1. ^ a b "Tyrone Swoopes". texassports.com. UT Athletics. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  2. ^ Weathersby, Edwin (February 19, 2012). "5-Star QB Tyrone Swoopes Commits to Texas: How Big Is This for the Longhorns?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Tyrone Swoopes 2013 Game Log". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Kansas at Texas Box Score, November 2, 2013". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Texas Tech at Texas Box Score, November 28, 2013". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Alamo Bowl - Oregon vs Texas Box Score, December 30, 2013". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Charlie Strong Named Texas Head Football Coach". University of Texas Athletics. January 5, 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  8. ^ Olson, Max (2014-09-01). "David Ash won't play vs. BYU". espn.com. Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  9. ^ a b Olson, Max (26 December 2014). "Tyrone Swoopes needs Texas Bowl triumph". ESPN.com. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Brigham Young at Texas Box Score, September 6, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  11. ^ Olson, Max (2014-09-07). "No Quick Fix for Texas' True Offensive Issue". espn.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  12. ^ "UCLA vs Texas Box Score, September 13, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Texas at Kansas Box Score, September 27, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Baylor at Texas Box Score, October 4, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Texas vs Oklahoma Box Score, October 11, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Iowa State at Texas Box Score, October 18, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Texas at Kansas State Box Score, October 25, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Texas at Texas Tech Box Score, November 1, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  19. ^ "West Virginia at Texas Box Score, November 8, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Texas at Oklahoma State Box Score, November 15, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Texas Christian at Texas Box Score, November 27, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  22. ^ "Texas Bowl - Arkansas vs Texas Box Score, December 29, 2014". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Texas at Notre Dame Box Score, September 5, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  24. ^ "Oklahoma State at Texas Box Score, September 26, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Texas at Texas Christian Box Score, October 3, 2015". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Oklahoma vs Texas Box Score, October 10, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Kansas State at Texas Box Score, October 24, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  28. ^ "Kansas at Texas Box Score, November 7, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Texas Tech at Texas Box Score, November 26, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  30. ^ "Texas at Baylor Box Score, December 5, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  31. ^ "Tyrone Swoopes 2015 Game Log". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Notre Dame at Texas Box Score, September 4, 2016". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Texas at Oklahoma State Box Score, October 1, 2016". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  34. ^ "Tyrone Swoopes 2016 Game Log". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  35. ^ Boyle, John (May 12, 2017). "Seahawks Sign Eight Undrafted Free Agents, Four Draft Picks". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017.
  36. ^ Drovetto, Tony (September 2, 2017). "Seahawks Make Three More Trades, Set 53-Man Roster". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on October 9, 2017.
  37. ^ Boyle, John (September 4, 2017). "Seahawks Sign 10 Players To Practice Squad". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on September 8, 2017.
  38. ^ Boyle, John (December 30, 2017). "Seahawks Place DT Nazair Jones On Injured Reserve, Promote TE Tyrone Swoopes Off Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  39. ^ "Seahawks Set 53-Man Roster". Seahawks.com. September 1, 2018.
  40. ^ "Seahawks add Tyrone Swoopes to practice squad, cut Marcus Lucas". Seahawks Wire. USA Today. October 9, 2018.
  41. ^ "Seahawks Sign Tyrone Swoopes From Practice Squad". Seahawks.com. October 13, 2018.
  42. ^ Boyle, John (October 27, 2018). "Seahawks Activate Tight End Ed Dickson Ahead Of Sunday's Game at Detroit". Seahawks.com.
  43. ^ "Seahawks re-sign RB Troymaine Pope, release TE Tyrone Swoopes". 247sports.com. November 6, 2018.

External links

  • Texas profile
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