USAAAB: Thursday Practice Notes, UT Offense

Tyrone Swoopes lights things up and more notes from Texas's offensive commitments at Thursday's practices.

Tyrone Swoopes

Swoopes had by-far his best day at the U.S. Army practices, throwing the ball well and even showing an ability to drop in a few touch passes. Swoopes has always had an absolute cannon, but Wednesday, he showcased how he could put it to good use, putting two deep balls in absolutely perfect spots (Steven Mitchell dropped the first one). With how dynamic Swoopes is on the ground, if he can perfect the ability to drop long balls over the top like he did today, he becomes an absolute force of nature to deal with. Swoopes also continued his run of good decision-making, often going through his progression before checking the ball down to a shorter option. This was the best I've seen Swoopes look as a thrower, and hopefully it provides flashes of what he can become.

Jake Oliver

Oliver closed out the practices with another nice day. He wasn't ever as dominant as Ricky Seals-Jones, but Oliver consistently showed the best route-running and the best hands of the group. Wednesday, he even caught a pass on a trick play, sliding past the defensive backs for a long touchdown. Texas is getting a good one in Oliver, a big-bodied player who is a perfectionist, a Z-receiver who has a bit of speed and who can move the chains or seal the edge as a nasty blocker.

Kent Perkins

What else can you say about Perkins, except that of all the Midlands players in attendance, he was the best player on the offensive side of the ball. Perkins has it all as a tackle, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound body, toughness, a competitive fire and the athleticism to hang with big-time edge rushers. It's probably too much to hope for a freshman to come in and start right away, especially at such a key spot as tackle. But when Donald Hawkins leaves in another year, it wouldn't be a shock at all to see Perkins as the primary competition to replace him.

Jake Raulerson

There's only so much you can gauge about a player playing out of position. Raulerson hadn't played center since eighth grade, and he'll play defensive end for the Longhorns. But he showed some natural ability at center while working against some of the best defensive tackles in the country. When looking at skills that will transition, Raulerson has powerful hands and excellent short-area quickness. As he continues to fill out, if he can maintain that quickness, he could really prove to be a special player, whichever side of the ball he ends up on.

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