Texas QB Shane Buechele added to Manning Award watchlist


Texas’ season has not gotten off to the fastest start; certainly not the kind that Longhorn fans have come to expect. It’s difficult to talk about the Longhorns these days without mentioning the heat coming off of coach Charlie Strong’s chair.

However, despite their overall record, freshman quarterback Shane Buechele has been been nothing short of stellar.

Buechele was named the starter for the Longhorns team before the season began, making him the first freshman quarterback to do such a thing at Texas since Bobby Layne in 1944. In his first five games at the college level, he has broken the Texas mark for passing yards by a freshman, already having thrown for 1,204. He has thrown for 11 touchdowns and passed for 245 yards against a lauded Oklahoma Sooners defense in a losing effort last week.

Buechele’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, though.

This week he was added to the list of quarterbacks up for the Manning Award.

“With him, it’s just about him growing and developing and understanding what plays are there and what plays he needs to make,” offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert said. “He’s a guy that wants to be really, really good and every day, and he’s in the process of doing that.”

Congratulations on the honor.

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