Sweed: Goal Is 'To Get Our Swagger Back'

For a team that had lost just two games in almost three full seasons, the Texas Longhorns didn't show much swagger in back-to-back regular season-ending losses to Kansas State and Texas A&M. Junior receiver Limas Sweed says he and his teammates see the Alamo Bowl as an opportunity to get it back, and extend the program's nation's-best 10-win-season streak to six.

"Our goal is to just come in and play hard and to get our swagger back and go for 10 wins," Sweed said Tuesday after UT's second bowl practice in San Antonio. "After the two losses, it was a little bit of a shock to us. We got sort of down a little bit. Today we came out here and had a lot of energy, we had our music going and it felt like old times. There was a lot of enthusiasm from each of the guys."

Sweed leads the team in receiving yards with 731, but in the four games since a 8-catch, 119-yard performance in the Horns' 22-20 win over Nebraska on Oct. 21, he's hauled in just eight total passes for 136 yards, including a one-catch afternoon vs. the Aggies in the regular season finale.

But the redshirt junior looks at the Alamo Bowl as a potential boost for the team heading into his senior season (which, he said Tuesday, he intends to be in Austin for rather than in the NFL).

"It will definitely be a big booster coming into next season to win this game, and more importantly for the younger guys, to start things off right for next season," Sweed said. "I definitely do not want to come into the off-season with a loss. I did that my freshman year when we lost the Holiday Bowl, and it wasn’t real pleasant."

That season, a Longhorn team that expected to be in a BCS game till Oklahoma's Big 12 Title game loss to Kansas State, turned in an uninspired performance vs. Washington State in San Diego, falling to the underdog Cougars 28-20.

Following that Holiday Bowl loss Texas won 33 of its next 35 games, before the Wildcats and then the Aggies again have a Longhorn team that expected to be in a BCS game in a precarious post-season position. If, as Sweed said, today's practice "felt like old times," the question for Sweed and Co. is, which ones?

Sweed and the Horns return to the practice field Wednesday morning for their final workout in pads before practicing in shells on Thursday and taking a final walk-through on Friday before Saturday's 3:30 Alamo Bowl kick.

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