Without his redshirt anymore, Swoopes needs to play more against Kansas

Matt Warden

Play Tyrone Swoopes

Mack Brown decided to take Swoopes’ redshirt off when he put him in the game against TCU last weekend, when Swoopes ran three times for -2 yards. While this may not be a true key to the game, getting Swoopes in the game against this Kansas team will put them on the ropes and force them to defend something they haven’t seen before. Swoopes can find his footing with solid playing time in this game and add another dynamic element to the rushing game that will put the Jayhawks away early. This is the perfect situation and team for him to get some throws in and move forward in his Texas career. The move will benefit him and it will benefit Texas because Kansas will not know how to defend him for a long period of time. Texas should play Tyrone Swoopes and smash the Jayhawks. 


Don’t Play to Opponent's Level

Texas is on a hot streak right now after big wins against Oklahoma and TCU away from home and need to keep up this level of intensity to get a win against Kansas. The Jayhawks are clearly outmatched in this game but stranger things have happened when teams get too confident. Kansas ranks near the bottom of the nation in all major offensive and defensive categories while the Texas offense is currently in the Top 50. Stats aside, Texas should win this game handily and, as long as it doesn’t play down to the level of competition, it will.


Keep Running

Everyone should be aware at this point that when Texas runs the ball a lot it wins games. After 60 carries in its upset win over Oklahoma and 52 carries in its demolition of TCU, Texas should know that running the ball is its ticket to bigger opportunities in the passing game. Johnathan Gray has emerged as the primary back for the Longhorns, currently leading the team with 656 yards and four touchdowns. The Longhorns need to let Gray carry the load early to put the Jayhawks away before they even have a chance to compete. That starts with a solid rushing attack.