FRISCO, Texas — Tom Herman was blunt when asked about how much depth Texas has at quarterback.
“There isn’t any,” Herman said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.
Sophomore Shane Buechele returns after starting most of last season. True freshman Sam Ehlinger, a 4-star recruit, is expected to compete for the starting job as well.
And that’s it.
Those two young passers are the Longhorns’ top choices. After them, options at quarterback would be freshman walk-on Josh Covey and wide receiver Jerrod Heard. Herman said the Longhorns will have some plays designed to use Heard, a former quarterback, behind center.
“We’ll have a package for Jerrod Heard, too, each week,” Herman said. “If a bomb blows up and Shane and Sam both can’t finish a game, Jerrod would probably be the guy to go finish the game, and then we’d figure things out the next week.”
So the Longhorns need either Buechel or Ehlinger to step up, and they need both to stay healthy. Otherwise, things could get tricky.
Herman praised Buechele’s work this offseason, especially his efforts to become a better leader.
“Shane has done a marvelous job of coming in this summer and really trying to be more of a leader,” Herman said. “Last year he was a true freshman that was just trying to keep his head above water. And this year, we’ve challenged him.”
Buechele threw for 2,958 yards last season with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Texas opens the 2017 season Sept. 2 at home against Maryland.
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