Tyrone Swoopes is still soft-spoken and seems to have a little small-town shyness, but when asked if this year's Longhorns team was his team, Swoopes gave a different answer than last year.
Last year, he said it was the seniors' team.
On Monday, when asked if this year's team is his team, Swoopes said, "Yeah. Everyone looks to the quarterback for answers when they are unsure, so I'm taking more of that role."
Teammates said Monday Swoopes is much more demonstrative in the locker room and on the practice field than when he's around the media.
"I think everyone is different when they're around people they're comfortable with," Swoopes said of the contrast.
The people Swoopes is closest to - his family - served as his inspiration to bounce back from an up-and-down year in 2014, when he started 12 games in relief of David Ash and turned the ball over five times combined in losses to TCU and Arkansas to end the season.
"Coach (Shawn) Watson always talks about finding an edge, finding what drives you," Swoopes said. "My family, after last season, they all stood beside me and picked me up after games I didn't play well. Not letting them down drives me - and showing people I can play quarterback better than what I showed last year."
Asked about Jerrod Heard also getting snaps at QB in the Notre Dame game, Swoopes said he thinks it's good the Irish have to prepare for Heard as a runner.
"Jerrod's an athletic guy," Swoopes said. "So when a play breaks down, he can get out and make a play with his legs. I think it's good to throw the defense for a loop and make them prepare for more than one thing."