Swoopes still the starter at QB after Texas wraps spring

UT, Longhorns
UT, Longhorns
By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas started spring practice with a quarterback duel and ended it with last season's starter, Tyrone Swoopes, entrenched as the No. 1.

For now.

Swoopes went 17-of-31 passing for 159 yards and ran for a touchdown Saturday as Texas ended spring drills with the annual Orange-White Scrimmage. Jerrod Heard was 20 of 29 for 177 yards and also ran for a score, but also threw an interception and tapered off after two early flashy drives.

Coach Charlie Strong said he hasn't seen enough yet from Heard to unseat Swoopes as the starter. Texas opens the 2015 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 5.

Texas went 6-7 and lost the Texas Bowl in Strong's first season in 2014. Swoopes started 12 games last season and took the brunt of fan criticism as Texas struggled offensively all season.

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