Swope Rebounding From Injury

Despite an 0-2 start and a nagging thigh injury, Austin Westlake running back Ryan Swope sees light at the end of the tunnel. Swope and his Chaparral teammates will play a rare Tuesday night game at A&M Consolidated in a makeup game that was delayed by the recent hurricane.

Hurricane Ike had a huge impact on the gulf coast region of Texas that will be felt for weeks to come with many Houston area residents still without power and trying to salvage what they can from the storm. Less importantly, the storm also impacted the high school football schedule across the state, even those living outside the areas affected by the hurricane. That was the case with running back Ryan Swope and the Austin Westlake Chaparrals that were supposed to travel to College Station to play the A&M Consolidated Tigers last Friday. However, the storm changed that.

"We were supposed to play Consolidated at College Station on Friday, but the game has been moved to this Tuesday," Swope said. "It worked out pretty good because both teams have a bye week and we don't play next Friday."

While the circumstances for the delay are unfortunate, the extra time off has helped the Texas A&M commitment who is recovering from a deep thigh bruise and contusion suffered in the season opener against Cedar Park and re-aggravated it in the following week's contest with Lake Travis.

"I was diving for a ball in the end zone and I landed on my thigh," Swope said. "The contusion was painful and it limited my range of motion. I came back against Lake Travis, but I re-injured it. With the extra days off this week, it's close to 100% now. I should be fine for the game on Tuesday."

It's been a tough start to the season for Westlake with hard fought losses to Cedar Park and Lake Travis, two teams expected to make a deep run in the state playoffs. However, the Chaps are showing improvement and overcoming the predominant youth on the squad.

"We're making progress and getting better. We have a young quarterback who's coming along and I feel we're about to turn the corner," Swope said. "We've done some pretty good things, but obviously we need to get some victories."

The talented senior running back has blazing 4.38 forty speed and great hands, which makes him a weapon both as a running back in the backfield and as a slot receiver. That's what attracted Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and the staff when they aggressively recruited and offered Swope last February. Sherman recently called his speedy offensive commitment.

"Coach Sherman called me before the Lake Travis game. He said they needed more speed at receiver," Swope said. "He wanted me to come up and put on the shoulder pads."

Swope will be coming up to College Station next weekend for the Miami Hurricane game, but he'll leave the gear at home and looks forward to being just a fan in stands pulling for his future team.

"I'm looking forward to the Miami game. It will be a good test for the team," Swope said. "It's my birthday and I can't wait to be at Kyle Field on game day. It should be great."

Swope has also been hearing from other schools since the contact period began September 1, most notably Kansas State. However, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound offensive playmaker says he's still committed to the Aggies.

"Nothing has changed," Swope said. "I'm 100% solid to Texas A&M. I can't wait to get down there and help in any way I can, whether that's as a third down back catching balls out of the backfield or if they need me to carry the ball. I just want to help the team be successful."

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