Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger butted heads before the Orange-White game in the “Circle Drill.” After that, the Texas quarterbacks’ battle for playing time on the field later Saturday night was almost inconsequential.
The great quarterback battle for Texas appeared to come no closer to finding resolution Saturday night in Austin.
Buechele and Ehlinger both had their moments in the game, which was won by the White team 23-13.
Buechele completed 12 of 21 passes for 130 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Collin Johnson.
Ehlinger, who played on the White team, was 13 of 21 for 151 yards and finished with a team-high 29 rushing yards.
The White got a 3-point boost late in the first quarter for collectively winning the circle drill before the game. The biggest cheers in that pregame diversion came when Texas coach Tom Herman pitted Buechele and Ehlinger at the end of 1-on-1 toughness drills.
Ehlinger, who outweighed Buechele by 25 pounds, earned a quick victory in a drill that was ceased quickly by coaches’ whistles.
Buechele played one drive into the second half. Ehlinger did not see action in the second half, which featured a running clock.
Featured defensive standout Breckyn Hager got a few snaps on offense and even a carry.
The Duvernay brothers – wide receiver Devin and cornerback Donovan – battled for a deep ball in the end zone.
Much-maligned kicker Joshua Rowland drilled a pair of field goals, including a 50-yarder on the final play of the first half that would have been the longest of his career.
Lil’Jordan Humphrey notched 7 catches for 100 yards in the first half. But even more impressively, he got a few plays as a running back and scored on a pair of short touchdown plunges as a short-yardage back.
Struggling Texas offensive line play
A rotation of eight offensive linemen played for both teams throughout the scrimmage. It led to ragged performances late in the game.
It was meant to build some continuity for a unit that featured eight different starting combinations last season.
But the line struggled as it produced 106 rushing yards for both teams in the scrimmage.
The biggest positive from Saturday’s game was the lack of major injuries for either team.