Texas begins spring drills with Swoopes, Heard dueling at QB

UT, Longhorns
UT, Longhorns
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Longhorns are set to begin spring drills with a duel for starter at quarterback.
 
Coach Charlie Strong says Junior Tyrone Swoopes and redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard will be given "equal reps" in their fight for the job. But Strong also says he's open to playing both next season if they earn it.
 
The Longhorns start spring drills on Wednesday, leading up to the annual intrasquad scrimmage on April 18.
 
Strong said Monday he still feels a burn of disappointment after Texas finished 6-7 last season with consecutive blowout losses to TCU and Arkansas.
 
Swoopes started 12 games in 2014 but struggled all season. Texas managed just 59 total yards in a bowl loss to Arkansas.
 
Texas opens the 2015 season Sept. 5 at Notre Dame.

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