Thursday, November 8, 2007

Senior Day: Limas Sweed

Limas came to Texas, from Brehnam, TX, with big expectations as a top of the line wide receiver. Fans saw Limas very much in the mold of a big, fast and strong Roy Williams type of pass catcher. Limas did not shy away from the comparisons as he chose to take jersey #4, Williams' former number. And for most of this Texas career Limas lived up to everyones expectations.

As a RS-freshman in 2004, Limas caught passes in 10 of his 11 games played and totaled 23 catches for 263 yards. Most importantly, Limas showed flashes of his future talents as he made some great catches and plays. Obviously there were some problems with drops, and Limas just didn't quite look like a polished wideout, ready to lead a receiving corps.

But all youthful mistakes aside, Sweed came into his own and proved himself to be a legit playmaker for Texas, during his sophomore year. Sweed became Vince Young's go-to big play man on Texas' run to the 2005 National Championship. He came down with maybe the biggest catch in Texas history as he hauled in a touchdown in the final seconds to clinch a Texas victory at Ohio State, which vaulted Texas to an undefeated season. That season Limas made play after incredible play as he caught 36 passes for 545 yards and 5TDs.

Sweed came into national prominence as he started catching passes, on a record pace, from Colt McCoy in 2006. Limas caught 56 passes for 806 yards and he broke Roy Williams' single season touchdown record with 12TDs. Limas was 1st team All-Big 12 and even toyed with the idea of leaving Texas early for the NFL. Limas was a huge name and lived up to all his hype as he helped Colt and the young Texas offense adapt to life after Vince.

Texas fans were thrilled when Sweed announced that he would return for his senior year. But unfortunately for Limas, his story-book return was not to be and his senior season was cut short by a nagging wrist injury he incurred at the end of the preseason. Limas just never looked like himself, dropping passes he normally caught and never seeming to get into the offensive flow. Limas called his college career quits after 6 games, with only 19 catches for 306 yards.

While Limas Sweed's career did not end how anyone wanted it too, he will always remain in the hearts of Texas fans as a sucessful replacement to Roy Williams, who came into his own as an amazing receiver. Limas' draft status took a hit this year, but expect him to go on the first day and make an impact in the NFL.

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