Erik Swoope traded in his high tops for a pair of football cleats this spring and the former University of Miami basketball player is experiencing the kind of difficulties you’d expect for a player learning up a sport while also trying to make the Colts.
It isn’t just the difference between boxing out for a rebound and making the proper release to get open as a tight end, though. The languages of the two sports are completely different and Swoope says that becoming fluent in football has been the hardest thing for him to handle thus far.
“Learning football terminologies has been the biggest challenge,” Swoope said, via ESPN.com. “It’s a different language. Trying to get myself, I’m not going to say forget about basketball, but take the terminology and set it to the side so I can really hone into the different languages used in football.”
With Dwayne Allen healthy and Coby Fleener also on hand, the Colts don’t have a need for Swoope to have a full grasp on everything immediately. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton says it has been a “pleasant surprise” to see how Swoope has taken to football and the team could build on that foundation by keeping Swoope on the practice squad (assuming he passed through waivers) or at the back end of the roster with an idea toward playing time down the road.