Texas football has one of those problems most programs would love to have.
Both Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele have experience starting behind center for the Longhorns. That makes choosing which will be the Longhorns’ starting quarterback in 2018 arguably second-year coach Tom Herman’s biggest offseason question.
But when the now-veteran coach explained the process in an interview with Rick Neuheisel and Andy Staples on ESPNURadio on Wednesday, he sounded like a man with a plan. And even shared some of it with listeners.
What are the key factors that will determine who will start at QB for @TexasFootball? @CoachTomHerman explained when he joined @Andy_Staples & @CoachNeuheisel on the SXM Spring CFB Tour. Hear the entire #Texas show tonight at 7pET. pic.twitter.com/HQXGJhvmYM
— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) April 4, 2018
“Does the ball move when we’re in, do they protect the ball, and do we score touchdowns,” Herman said when asked about his philosophy. “And leadership, you know? And do the kids, do they make the players around them better by being behind center?”
Ehlinger was a difference maker in the air and on the ground as a freshman. In his first season in 2017, he racked up 1,915 passing yards and 385 rushing yards despite splitting time. Buechele threw for 1,405 yards as a sophomore after throwing for 2,958 yards as a freshman.
Early reports from Texas spring practice have not indicated a leader in the race.