William Wilkerson, Scout.com

UT TE: Don't Point Fingers at the QB

Longhorns tight end Andrew Beck has a message for those wanting to direct blame at Tyrone Swoopes for the Notre Dame loss.

Don’t place the large majority of the blame for Texas’ loss to Notre Dame on junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, according to UT tight end Andrew Beck.

“I think it you are looking to blame that loss on the quarterback then you are looking in the wrong place,” he said. “That wasn’t the only issue. You can’t blame a loss like that on one person. You can’t point the finger at one person at all. That’s not the problem we have right now.”

The list of problems for the Longhorns seems endless at the moment, from only gaining 163 yards [worst among FBS schools after Week 1] to allowing 527 yards, to coaching reassignments, so forth and so on.

Beck, for one, isn’t too concerned with Texas’ ability to get things moving in the right direction, which would begin with a victory in the home opener against a much-improved Rice team on Saturday. 

“Last year we had a warm-up game against North Texas,” he said. “This year we knew we were going to have to go out and play tough and I think it took time for the offense to get rolling. Stuff like that happens. Against a good team it’s a little bit tougher to recover than if you are playing someone like North Texas. I’m not worried yet, obviously. It’s the first game of the year. We’ve got 12 more so we’ll see.”

Yes we will, one way or another. 

One side note: Beck said that the transition from linebacker to tight end hasn’t been “too bad,” and that a big reason for this is new TE coach Jeff Traylor.

“We have a great tight ends coach,” he said. “Jeff Traylor is an awesome guy. He knows what he is doing and cares about his guys, which makes it easier.”

Beck said he did play some TE in high school, which has helped the transition.


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