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Mack Brown, Please Play Tyrone Swoopes More. Sincerely, Every Texas Fan

Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns wide receiver Kendall Sanders (2) and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (18) celebrate with fans after beating Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Texas Longhorns beat the Oklahoma Sooners 36-20. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Taylor GasparFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2013

A win is a win is a win. But Texas' 35-13 win over Kansas left a lot of questions for the Texas coaching staff.

As if burning true freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes' redshirt against TCU wasn't questionable enough, not getting him in the Longhorns' game against Kansas until late in the fourth quarter was downright weird.

Despite the slow start against the 2-6 Jayhawks, Texas entered the fourth quarter with a 22-point lead. Still, Swoopes stood on the sideline with his helmet in his hand until 3:39 in the fourth, when he finally got in the game—for six plays. 

During the post-game presser, the media jumped over Mack and his staff regarding the timing of Swoopes' entrance. Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said, "We wanted to give him some game experience again. Because we didn't start off as fast as we wanted to, later in the game he got his looks. We wanted to give him some opportunities to throw the ball, run the ball and to continue to develop. He's getting better every week. He has to continue to challenge himself and understand he's one play away from being the starter at Texas."

That should make Texas fans quiver in their cowboy boots.

Swoopes is probably not ready to be the starting quarterback for Texas. In fact, some could argue he should have accepted a redshirt year with open arms. But that's in the past now. Texas burned Swoopes' chances of a redshirt when he was put against TCU with 4:57 remaining and a 23-point lead.

Time to move on.

But not playing Swoopes when you have a 22-point lead over Kansas heading into the fourth quarter does not make sense.

Of course Texas needs a backup quarterback, but Mack Brown's comments about David Ash's improving health last week draws more concern.

Maybe Brown is trying to pull a fast one and keep Swoopes a secret until Texas faces Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Baylor. But that's probably not the case.

Until Texas proves otherwise, the decision to burn Swoopes' redshirt will cause more Texas fans to question Brown's decision-making.

 

All quotes were obtained firsthand.

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