RYAN SWOPE

Wide Receiver

Texas A&M University Aggies

#25

6:00.2-204

Austin, Texas

Westlake High School

 

OVERVIEW

When you first see Swope in a football uniform, one would assume his muscular built, thick thighs and calves are those of a running back. Thanks to his leg drive and upper body strength, the Aggies receiver has made a “very nice living” breaking initial tackles and gaining big “chunks of real estate” after the catch. Utilized mostly as a slot receiver, he also shows flashes of excellence when aligned at flanker, where he registered 72 of his school record 252 receptions.

 

Another area of his game that professional teams will very impressed with is the way he has adapted to different offensive schemes and different quarterbacks throughout his career. As a freshman, he caught passes from Jerrod Johnson and the offense was run by coordinator Nolan Cromwell. During his sophomore season, head coach Mike Sherman took over calling plays, while Johnson split quarterback duties with Ryan Tannehill.

 

In 2011, Tannehhill served as the team’s full-time starting quarterback and the offensive system was installed by coach Tom Rossley. In his final season, Swope ran under tosses from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and played for an offense run by new coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, who would “return home” to Texas Tech as their head coach for the 2013 campaign.

 

Despite the constant changes in offensive philosophy and signal callers, one thing remained constant – Swope’s production level. In addition to establishing a new pass catching record for the Aggies, he also holds their all-time mark with 3,117 receiving yards, the seventh-best figure among active NCAA Football Subdivision players (his 254 receptions are third among that group). Jeff Fuller (34; 2008-11) is the only other player to wear an Aggies uniform with more touchdowns that Swope (24).

 

While Swope is strong and physical after the catch, it helps him compensate for the ideal “tall frame” scouts covet. He is more quick than fast, but he does a very nice job keeping balance throughout the route’s progression and knows how to create room to make the catch and break tackles thereafter. He is ideally suited to play in the slot, as he knows when to break off his route and come back when the pocket is pressured, along with showing nimble feet to keep inbounds working the sidelines.

 

Swope has that body flexibility to contort and get under the off-target throws. He has very good timing in attempts to high point the ball and has that “tunnel-vision” where he shuts out his environment when going for the ball in a crowd (has that fearless nature and a great willingness to combat for the ball in a crowd). His vision, balance and nifty feet allow him to sidestep trash, find the cutback lane and take proper angles in attempts to get by the quicker defensive backs.

 

The Austin, Texas native’s running style could be attributed to his playing days at West-lake High School, where he was a consensus All-State selection as a running back during his senior season by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association. He was also named All-State as a kickoff returner by the TSWA in 2008.

 

 

As a sophomore, Swope was limited to 262 yards and five touchdowns on only 30 carries, and he also competed as a defensive back, recording 39 tackles and two interceptions. As a junior, he rushed for 1,336 yards and 14 touchdowns, contributed 23 receptions for 539 yards and seven touchdowns, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown to earn All-State and team MVP accolades.

 

A member of the Austin American-Statesman Texas Fab 55, Swope also received Class 25-5A Offensive MVP recognition as a senior. He gained 1,826 yards with 27 touchdowns on the ground, made 21 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns and was selected to the Maroon and White Report’s Texas Top 35 squad.

 

That year, Swope was named Region IV Player of the Week after rushing for 175 yards and four touchdowns, along with catching five passes for 76 yards and a score in a win over Austin Bowie. In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, he also lettered in track. He placed fifth at the Class 5A State track meet as a junior with a time of 10.7 in the 100 meters and was also a regional qualifier in the 200 with a clocking of 21.93.

 

When Swope arrived on the College Station campus in 2009, the original plans by the Texas A&M staff was to red-shirt him. He did not play in the season opener, but then received his “call to duty” vs. Utah State in the second contest. He would go on to play in the final twelve games, as the slot receiver earned one start, vs. Colorado. He finished with nineteen receptions for 172 yards (9.05 ypc) and a score. He also recorded three tackles and averaged 24.75 yards as a kickoff returner.

 

The sophomore had a banner 2010 campaign, establishing a then new school season-record with 72 receptions, gaining 825 yards with four touchdowns. He averaged 5.27 yards on eleven carries and 17.4 yards as a kickoff returner. The old A&M receiving mark was set in 1986, when tight end Rod Bernstine had 65 grabs.

 

Swope finally received post-season honors during his junior campaign, as he was named All-Big Twelve Conference second-team, despite placing above the first-team receivers with a school season-record 89 receptions, setting another mark with 1,207 receiving yards and placing second on the A&M annual chart with eleven touchdowns. What made those totals even more impressive was that the slot receiver battled head injuries suffered in both the Oklahoma State and Oklahoma contests.

 

Moving to a different and more talent-laden league in 2012, Swope received second-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition in 2012. He started twelve contests in the slot, ranking second on the team with 72 catches, as his 913 receiving yards and eight touch-down grabs both rank fourth on A&M’s season-record lists.

 

Often compared to New England Patriots’ All-Pro, Wes Welker, Swope more than lived up to that “billing” with his performances throughout practices leading up to the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl. He not only showed similar body control and athleticism as his counter-parts, but he had scouts buzzing and calling him the toughest of the wide receivers in attendance. He dutifully followed the coaching staff’s advice on the art of blocking and was seen consistently doing the quiet dirty work that helped the South’s running backs chew up big yardage.

 

CAREER NOTES

Swope started 36-of-51 games at Texas A&M, where he established school career-records with 252 receptions for 3,117 yards (12.37 ypc), as his catches rank third and his yards receiving rank seventh among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers…His 252 grabs surpassed his former teammate, Jeff Fuller (2008-11) previous Aggies’ mark of 244 catches…His 3,117 yards also topped Fuller’s old record of 3,092 yards, as that duo is joined by Terrence Murphy (2,600 yards; 2001-04) as the only players in A&M history to gain 2,500 yards receiving…His 24 touchdown catches placed second in school annals, topped by Fuller’s record of 34…During his career, Swope had caught passes from three different quarterbacks; Jerrod Johnson (61 receptions, from 2009-10), Ryan Tannehill (119, from 2010-11) and Johnny Manziel (72 in 2012)…Swope’s fifteen games with at least 100 yards receiving set a school all-time record.

 

2012 SEASON

Swope received All-American honors from Max Emfinger and was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report and the league’s coaches… Served as one of the team’s captains and was a member of the leadership council…The slot receiver started all but the season opener vs. Florida, finishing second on the team with 72 receptions for 913 yards (12.68 ypc) and eight touchdowns from the slot receiver position…His 72 catches matched his 2010 season totals for third on the school annual record chart, behind his record 89 grabs in 2011 and Mike Evans coming up with 82 balls during the 2012 campaign…his 913 receiving yards is the fourth-best season total by an Aggie, ranking behind his A&M record 1,207 in 2011, Evans’ 1,105 in 2012 and Jeff Fuller’s 1,066 in 2010…His eight touchdown catches tied Bob Long (in both 1967 and ’68) and Bethel Johnson (2002) for fourth on TAMU’s season-record chart, surpassed by Jeff Fuller (nine in 2008 and twelve in 2010) and Swope’s own eleven scoring grabs in 2011…Swope was part of a senior class that compiled a 33-18 overall record with him in the lineup… They are the sixth senior class to play in four bowl games, joining the seniors of 1978, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001…Helped the 2012 team achieve program’s highest BCS ranking since 1998 (third), as he also helped the 2012 team to its first perfect regular season road slate since 1992…Gained at least 100 receiving yards in five games, as he pulled in at least five receptions in nine contests…In the Arkansas clash, Swope had a catch-&-run for an 80-yard score, finishing with 141 yards on five catches…Snatched ten throws for 81 yards vs. Louisiana State and made six grabs for 140 yards and a pair of scores vs. Auburn, marking the third time during his career that Swope recorded multiple touchdown catches in a game (four vs. Baylor and two vs. Kansas in 2011)…Had 121 yards on nine grabs vs. Mississippi State…Facing All-American cornerback Dee Milliner, the Aggie exploded for his third consecutive 100-yard performance, torching Alabama for 111 yards and a touch-down on eleven receptions…Closed out his career with eight catches for 104 yards and a score in a 41-13 rout of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Swope earned All-American third-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, but even though he ranked fourth in the Big Twelve Conference in receptions per game (6.85) and third with an average of 92.85 receiving yards, the junior only received second-team recognition from the league’s coaches…Swope played in all thirteen games as a slot receiver, starting ten contests…Twice suffered head injuries that would force him to the sidelines vs. both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but he still managed to establish school season-records with 89 receptions for 1,207 yards (13.56 ypc), while his eleven touch-downs rank second on the annual chart…Topped the Aggies’ previous season marks of

72 catches for 1,066 yards by Jeff Fuller in 2010…Only Fuller (12 in 2010) had more scoring grabs in a season by an Aggie…Swope actually emerged as quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s most trusted target in 2011 as Fuller struggled with drops throughout the campaign…Set a school season-record with six 100-yard receiving performances and posted at least seven receptions in eight contests…Swope began his assault on the record books with 109 yards and a score on eight grabs vs. Southern Methodist in the season opener…Had seven grabs for 105 yards vs. Oklahoma State before leaving the game after a helmet-to-helmet collision…Posted the greatest receiving performance for his career, scoring four times on eleven receptions that netted 206 yards vs. Baylor…His four scoring grabs topped the previous game-record of three touchdown snatches, first, by Don Ellis (vs. Arkansas in 1952) and matched by Don Jones (vs. Rice in 1982), Chris Cole (vs. North Texas in 1998) and Jeff Fuller (vs. Texas in 2009)…His 206 yards marked the fifth time an Aggie totaled 200 receiving yards in a game, joining Ken McLean (250 vs. Texas, 1965), Jason Carter (219 vs. Texas State, 2005), Ryan Tannehill (210 vs. Kansas State, 2008) and Albert Connell (208 vs. Colorado, 1996)…Generated 149 yards on eight catches that included a touchdown vs. Oklahoma before taking a hard hit that sent him to the sidelines…Two weeks later, he pulled down nine throws for 137 yards and two scores vs. Kansas…Ended the year with eight receptions for 105 yards vs. Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

 

2010 SEASON

Swope was named All-Big Twelve Conference second-team by The NFL Draft Report, but strangely, did not even receive honorable mention from the league’s coaches, despite setting the school season-record with 72 receptions for 825 yards (11.46 ypc), finding the end zone four times…His 72 catches surpassed the previous A&M mark of 65 catches by tight end Rod Bernstine in 1986…Added 58 yards on eleven catches (5.27 ypc) and 87 yards on five kickoff returns (17.40 avg) while starting thirteen games at slot receiver… Gained over 100 yards three times, generating 106 yards on a career-high thirteen grabs for 106 yards in the season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin…His thirteen catches rank second on the school game-record list, topped by only Albert Connell (18 vs. Colorado in 1996)…Went over the century mark with 105 yards on seven catches vs. Texas Tech, the first time that Ryan Tannehill started at quarterback for the Aggies…Tannehill and Swope would connect on 30 passes over the next six games together, including an eight-catch, 136-yard effort that included a touchdown vs. Oklahoma.

 

2009 SEASON

The true freshman appeared in all but the first game of the year, primarily on special teams and as a backup slot receiver, but did earn one start vs. Colorado…Finished with nineteen receptions for 172 yards (9.05 ypc) and a touchdown…Also returned eight kickoffs for 198 yards (24.75 avg) and recorded three tackles (2 solos)…Matched a season high with four receptions for 31 yards in the Independence Bowl vs Georgia and had a strong showing as kickoff returner vs. Texas, totaling 180 yards on seven returns with a long of 39…Came on late in season, catching 10 passes for 108 yards over the last four games…Recorded a season-best four catches for 38 yards vs. Baylor and made his first career start at Colorado, totaling a season-high 39 yards on three grabs.

 

INJURY REPORT

2011 Season…Left a pair of games after helmet-to-helmet hits (vs. Oklahoma State on 9/24 and vs. Oklahoma on 11/05).

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.53 in the 40-yard dash…1.54 10-yard dash…2.57 20-yard dash…4.22 20-yard shuttle…

11.24 60-yard shuttle…7.07 three-cone drill…35-inch vertical jump…9’7” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times…30 3/8-inch arm length…8 1/8-inch hands…72 ½-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Swope attended Westlake (Austin, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Derek Long…All-State selection as a running back during his senior season by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association…Also named All-State as a kickoff returner by the TSWA in 2008…As a sophomore, Swope was limited to 262 yards and five touchdowns on only 30 carries, and he also competed as a defensive back, recording 39 tackles and two interceptions…As a junior, he rushed for 1,336 yards and 14 touchdowns, contributed 23 receptions for 539 yards and seven touchdowns, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown to earn All-State and team MVP accolades…A member of the Austin American-Statesman Texas Fab 55, Swope also received Class 25-5A Offensive MVP recognition as a senior…Gained 1,826 yards with 27 touchdowns on the ground, made 21 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns and was selected to the Maroon and White Report’s Texas Top 35 squad…That year, Swope was named Region IV Player of the Week after rushing for 175 yards and four touchdowns, along with catching five passes for 76 yards and a score in a win over Austin Bowie…In addition to his exploits on the grid-iron, he also lettered in track…Placed fifth at the Class 5A State track meet as a junior with a time of 10.7 in the 100 meters and was also a regional qualifier in the 200 with a clocking of 21.93.

 

PERSONAL

Swope is a University Studies major, with an emphasis on Agriculture and Life Sciences…

Brother, Louie, is a sophomore defensive back and teammate on the Texas A&M Aggies football team…Son of Louise and Paul Swope…Born 9/20/90 in Austin, Texas.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RECEIVING STATISTICS…R/PG indicates receptions per game…GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2009 12 01   19     0172 09.05  01    27  1.58      14.33
2010 13 13   72     0825 11.46  04    64  5.54      63.46
2011 13 10   89     1207 13.56  11    79  6.85      92.85
2012 13 12   72     0913 12.68  08    80  5.54      70.23
TOTAL 51 36 252     3117 12.37  24    80  4.94      61.12

 

RUSHING STATISTICS KICKOFF RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  00        00  0.00  00    00  08      198 24.75  00    39
2010  11        58  5.27  00    14  05      087 17.40  00    22
2011  07        03  0.43  00    06  00      000 00.00  00    00
2012  01       -02 -2.00  00    00  00      000 00.00  00    00
TOTAL  19        59  3.11  00    14  13      285 21.92  00    39

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS-Recorded three tackles (2 solos) with the special team coverage units in 2009.

 

 

SWOPE GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Florida 09/08/12 Florida 17-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

16

0

0

0

SMU 09/15/12 at SMU 48-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

70

1

1

6

South Carolina St. 09/22/12 SCSU 70-14

Yes

1

0

2

-2

0

2

9

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/29/12 Arkansas 58-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

141

1

1

6

Ole Miss 10/06/12 at Ole Miss 30-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

58

1

1

6

Louisiana Tech 10/13/12 at Louisiana Tech 59-57

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

LSU 10/20/12 LSU 19-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

10

81

0

0

0

Auburn 10/27/12 at Auburn 63-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

6

140

2

2

12

Mississippi St. 11/03/12 at MSU 38-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

9

121

0

0

0

Alabama 11/10/12 at Alabama 29-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

11

111

1

1

6

Sam Houston St. 11/17/12 SHSU 47-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

Missouri 11/24/12 Missouri 59-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

7

51

1

1

6

Oklahoma 01/04/13 Oklahoma 41-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

8

104

1

1

6

Season Totals

1

0

2

-2

0

72

913

8

8

48

 

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

SMU 09/04/11 SMU 46-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

8

109

1

1

6

Idaho 09/17/11 Idaho 37-7

Yes

1

5

0

5

0

6

74

1

1

6

Oklahoma St. 09/24/11 Oklahoma St. 29-30

Yes

1

0

4

-4

0

7

105

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/01/11 Arkansas 38-42

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

92

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/08/11 at Texas Tech 45-40

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

33

0

0

0

Baylor 10/15/11 Baylor 55-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

11

206

4

4

24

Iowa St. 10/22/11 at Iowa St. 33-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

40

0

0

0

Missouri 10/29/11 Missouri 31-38

Yes

4

12

3

9

0

8

66

1

1

6

Oklahoma 11/05/11 at Oklahoma 25-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

8

149

1

1

6

Kansas St. 11/12/11 at Kansas St. 50-53

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

9

58

1

1

6

Kansas 11/19/11 Kansas 61-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

9

137

2

2

12

Texas 11/24/11 Texas 25-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

33

0

0

0

Northwestern 12/31/11 Northwestern 33-22

Yes

1

0

7

-7

0

8

105

0

0

0

Season Totals

7

17

14

3

0

89

1207

11

11

66

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Stephen F. Austin 09/04/10 Stephen F. Austin 48-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

13

106

0

2

28

0

0

0

Louisiana Tech 09/11/10 Louisiana Tech 48-16

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

50

0

1

24

0

0

0

FIU 09/18/10 FIU 27-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

46

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 09/30/10 at Oklahoma St. 35-38

Yes

2

19

0

19

0

6

80

1

0

0

0

1

6

Arkansas 10/09/10 Arkansas 17-24

Yes

1

0

2

-2

0

2

12

0

1

22

0

0

0

Missouri 10/16/10 Missouri 9-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

50

0

1

13

0

0

0

Kansas 10/23/10 at Kansas 45-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

9

70

1

0

0

0

1

6

Texas Tech 10/30/10 Texas Tech 45-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

7

105

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 11/06/10 Oklahoma 33-19

Yes

1

12

0

12

0

8

136

1

0

0

0

1

6

Baylor 11/13/10 at Baylor 42-30

Yes

1

3

0

3

0

4

56

1

0

0

0

1

6

Nebraska 11/20/10 Nebraska 9-6

Yes

2

11

1

10

0

4

49

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas 11/25/10 at Texas 24-17

Yes

4

21

5

16

0

2

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 01/07/11 LSU 24-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

11

66

8

58

0

72

825

4

5

87

0

4

24

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

Tackles

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

New Mexico 09/05/09 New Mexico 41-6

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Utah St. 09/19/09 Utah St. 38-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 09/26/09 UAB 56-19

Yes

2

12

1

1

11

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/03/09 Arkansas 19-47

Yes

1

8

0

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 10/10/09 Oklahoma St. 31-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Kansas St. 10/17/09 at Kansas St. 14-62

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/24/09 at Texas Tech 52-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Iowa St. 10/31/09 Iowa St. 35-10

Yes

2

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 11/07/09 at Colorado 34-35

Yes

3

39

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 11/14/09 at Oklahoma 10-65

Yes

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Baylor 11/21/09 Baylor 38-3

Yes

4

38

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Texas 11/26/09 Texas 39-49

Yes

2

25

0

7

180

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 12/28/09 at Georgia 20-44

Yes

4

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

19

172

1

8

198

0

1

6

1

2

0

0

0

 

Data provided by Dave-Te Thomas, Publisher of The NFL Draft Reports for TonySoftli.com; Tony Softli Draft Board