With the win already in hand and David Ash's future still in doubt, Texas freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes made his college debut in the fourth quarter of the Longhorns' 30-7 win over TCU on Saturday night.
Swoopes had yet to take a snap this year entering this weekend but took off his redshirt to take over at quarterback for Texas' final drive of the game.
"It's a fluid situation. We don't know what's going to happen with David," Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said. "We've got to make plans for the next half of the season so we wanted to get Tyrone in that situation, get him banged around a bit and get him in the flow taking some snaps so it's not brand new to him if he has to get in there."
Since Ash needs a week between when he is medically cleared and when he can play, he has already been ruled out for next weekend's game against Kansas. Ash has not played in any of the Longhorns' last three games after suffering a head injury in the first half of Texas' victory over Kansas State last month.
"We don't know what David's situation is down the road," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "Even though it wasn't very much and we called two passes with [Swoopes], you don't want to run up the score in the end, but we gave him two opportunities and he ran both of them. But he got hit some. He had to get a huddle. Now he'll have better practices next week."
After handing the ball off to Joe Bergeron on first down, Swoopes scrambled for eight yards and a first down. He handed off to Bergeron on four of the other six plays he was on the field, with a pass play called on the other two plays. But Swoopes ran for losses of three and seven yards on both of those plays.
Still, Swoopes gained valuable experience in a meaningless situation. Texas has a package prepared for third-team quarterback, redshirt freshman Jalen Overstreet, who moved to running back before the beginning of the season but has been taking snaps in practice in Ash's absence.
"We don't hit the quarterbacks in practice. He hasn't been touched since high school," senior quarterback Case McCoy said. "I don't care what the score was, he probably had nerves. He got hit a little bit and he got a first down. Tyrone is a good athlete. He has all the intangibles but the big thing for him is being a student of the game."
But if McCoy goes down, Swoopes will be the Longhorns' starting quarterback.
"He better get ready," Brown said of Swoopes.