On Thursday afternoon, Texas head coach Charlie Strong announced that the Longhorns would be going into the first game against Notre Dame using two quarterbacks. As most believed that this was intended to produce a final answer for the starting quarterback role for the rest of the season, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to Rotoworld, the Longhorns are planning on using the two-quarterback rotation for the foreseeable future in 2015. Anwar Richardson of Rivals.com and OrangeBloods.com reported via Twitter that quarterback coach Shawn Watson said both Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard would get equal playing time going past the Notre Dame game.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 6, 2015
Swoopes started all thirteen games for the Longhorns in 2014 and had a rather unimpressive season with 2,435 yards, thirteen touchdowns, and eleven interceptions. Heard, a redshirt freshman, comes into 2015 as a highly-touted player and the Longhorns seems to be very high on him right now.
While neither quarterback have taken the lead for landing the starting role throughout the 2015 season, the first game of the season in a hostile environment like South Bend will be a true test for both of them. If one performs above and beyond the other, we could be hearing about the Longhorns making a change to their gameplan for the rest of the year.
The Longhorns take the field against the Fighting Irish on September 5.
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