If Texas Longhorns junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes can hold off redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard and turn in a breakout season, it will be because of his Superman-like attributes.
Now, that's not to suggest that Swoopes suddenly developed some incredible physical skills that border on the superman. Everyone knows he's no Vince Young. Rather, it's about Swoopes setting aside his Clark Kent-like persona off the field and turning into a different person on the field.
The Texas coaching staff has already suggested that just such a transformation is taking place, with assistant head coach for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson citing his increased determination and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford saying that Swoopes now has an "edge" to him, something that was notably lacking at times last season.
Then there's the input of senior cornerback Duke Thomas, who says that Swoopes has now added some trash talk on the practice field to his game.
"Before he calls a snap he's calling out cash money trash to me," said Thomas, according to Horns247.
"He's really brought the offense an edge. I'm talking trash, and he's getting into it with me. He's really bringing that approach to the game we need on offense."
Now the question is whether Swoopes is still wearing that red cape when he takes the field against Notre Dame in just more than a week. At the least, it doesn't sem like he'll be the same Clark Kent that walked off the field with his head hanging late last December in Houston.