WATSON ON SWOOPES, UP-TEMPO, DOYLE, MORE

QB coach and assistant head coach Shawn Watson finally told Tyrone Swoopes to trust himself and now sees big things coming from his QB. Watson also talked about improving communication of plays and how UT will end its third-quarter scoring drought (four straight games). Here are the 10 things you have to know from Watson on Tuesday:

#1 ... QB coach and assistant head coach Shawn Watson said he's seen a lot more confidence in Tyrone Swoopes coming out of the OU game. 

"He made significant gains in confidence and his level of competing," Watson said. "That's what I see from Tyrone in practice is a high level of competing. And that's why there's never been a doubt in our mind that he's the starting quarterback.

"We just needed him to compete and trust what he knows, and he did. He played fast and smart and was spot on with all of his checks and protections and did a nice job in the read game. He had one missed read. Otherwise he was spot on 

"And he extended plays."


#2 ... What about going more up-tempo?

"Defenses tend to numb up and go a little more vanilla for ya. Plus, the players, they're moving so fast, they're not overthinking the process, so it definitely helps out, especially a young quarterback," Watson said. 


#3 ... Watson said the reason Texas hasn't gone more up-tempo is because the offense wants to try to control the ball and time of possession to help keep its defense off the field.

"It goes back to our style, putting together a whole plan, helping our defense, too," Watson said. "Time of possession is always important to us. There's certain styles of play we can run from the no-huddle.

"There's other things that require a little more orchestration with a motion or shift, which aren't so easy to do in the no-huddle.


"Sometimes it's by style of play. Other times, it goes along with what we're trying to do for a team win."


#4 ... Watson said there have been conversations about using no-huddle more as a series here and there in the first half and in the third quarter in addition to late in games.


#5 ... Swoopes is catching on to the entire passing game. 

"If you saw him in the spring game to where he is now, it's a total transition," Watson said. "He's grown tremendously in my eyes. He has confidence in what he's doing and why we're doing what we're doing. And we're giving him more and more.

"This past week, he did a lot of things with our protections, which I didn't know if we could accomplish with a first-time starter, and he did a good job with it."


#6 ... Does Tyrone Swoopes have "it"?

"The 'it' factor is instinctual. It's just natural," Watson said. "Those instincts can be developed with confidence.

"And there's a style of play that comes with it. And those things can be developed. Ty's developing those things. Where's come from and what we're trying to do with him is develop those things.


"One of the big things I want to do with Ty is not limit his creativity. I want him to learn to play outside the offense. That creativity is very important when a play breaks down. Like when he made a scramble run to convert a key third down. 

"Saturday, he did a great job in the pocket. He would kick and slide and create protection, find his window and get the ball out. I told him, 'Every day I see it in practice. So stop thinking, trust yourself and go play, see and react, see and react.' And he did that."

 
#7 ... Communicating plays to Swoopes has been a problem, at times, because Swoopes sometimes second-guesses himself. 

"Ty's had a little problem with the signals," Watson said. "He'll second-guess himself at times and ask for it twice.

"We've streamlined things and keep working on it. He's got to get that total communication before he can communicate it to the offense. That comes with repetition.

"And sometimes Ty is still thinking about something that just happened on the previous play. He's got to move on to the next play. Those are all things a quarterback has to grow through."


What happened with the headsets affecting communication to the field?

"It affected about four of us. People upstairs were fixing it. I don't know. I'm not an electrician expert. I don't know why it was going in and out, it just did."

Watson said a flickering headset affected UT's ability to get the play communicated for the 2-point conversion attempt in the 4Q that forced Texas to take a timeout.



#8 ... Watson said solving the third quarter scoring drought (four straight games) will come with getting Swoopes into a rhythm as quickly as possible.

"I've gotten away from doing some things I've done in the past that I'm going to go back to," Watson said.  "I know now how to create rhythm for Ty. I think Ty is our rhythm.

"When we get Ty going, that creates our rhythm for our offense. I better understand what gets him going. I give the quarterback a lot of ownership. So it's about creating a rhythm for him, and I can help him with that."


#9 ... Taylor Doyle, at 300 pounds, starting for Texas at center against OU was "a hard spot we needed" on the offensive line, especially against a talented nose guard (Jordan Phillips).

"I thought he did a really nice job, battled and held his own," Watson said. "Center is like quarterback because you're captaining everything for the offense, the offensive line, the blocking schemes. He did a really nice job of identifying, communicating and getting things echoed out. 

"He's a bright, smart guy and is conscientious. He takes a lot of ownership and did a nice job of battling."

Watson said Doyle was a better matchup physically against Jordan Phillips because Doyle is bigger than Jake Raulerson (281 pounds).


#10 ... Louisville started 2-4 in 2011 and finished 7-6 before going 11-2 the following season.

"We were a team in transition with more youth across the board," Watson said. "I remember we were playing West Virginia at their place with 8 true, first-year college students. We just buckled down. We knew we were in transition and had to work the process.

"We worked hard that season, and by the end of it, we were a pretty good football team. And by the end of the spring the next fall camp, we were a really good football team. There's a process to developing players, and this staff has been through it."


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