Stock Up, Stock Down: Week 2

Evan Berkowitz

Stock Up: QB Tyrone Swoopes

A week after he was on the stock down list, Tyrone Swoopes’ opportunity arose. Redshirt junior quarterback David Ash is out against BYU with yet another concussion, so the sophomore will get his first crack at proving he’s a possible solution at quarterback. Swoopes was a fan favorite last year and is oozing with potential, but in his brief playing time last season, he was less than spectacular. This is his first start at Texas — can he make the most of it?

Stock Down: WR Marcus Johnson

Junior wide receiver Marcus Johnson was supposed to be one of the receivers to step up in the wake of the suspensions earlier this year. The big-play threat, however, was nowhere to be found Saturday against UNT. He had just one catch for six yards. Both redshirt senior John Harris — 110 yards — and sophomore Jacorey Warrick — 30 yards — who were below him on the depth chart, looked better. Johnson will need to turn it around fast.

Stock Up: John Harris

While Johnson was nowhere to be found, it was hard to miss Harris. It felt as if every throw went to him. The redshirt senior ended up with 110 yards on seven catches. More encouraging than that he went for over 100 yards was that he did it after dropping two passes to start the game. His ability to stay positive and fight through adversity showed he is a legitimate breakout candidate after spending three years at the bottom of the Longhorn depth chart.

Stock Down: Nick Rose

It seems like déjà vu of two short years ago. Junior Nick Rose missed a 38-yard attempt in a tie game before hitting a 34-yard attempt in a nearly meaningless situation. He showed off his strong leg in kickoffs but in the process, demonstrated that his accuracy isn’t quite good enough. Aside from the missed field goal, he was flagged for kicking off out-of-bounds. Every field goal attempt is a roller-coaster ride with Rose. 

Stock Up: Dylan Haines

His interception meant more than just a turnover — it was him taking advantage. The previously-unknown redshirt sophomore walk-on made a name for himself in his first collegiate game with a pick and was an integral part of Texas’ shutdown secondary against North Texas.