Texas coach Charlie Strong met with reporters recently and said that the race for the Longhorns’ starting quarterback’s job was “wide open,” according to Max Olson of ESPN.
Strong said that the race, set to be between senior Tyrone Swoopes, redshirt sophomore Jerrod Heard and four-star freshman Shane Buechele, would be decided upon by new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, who was hired away from Tulsa during the winter, after all three were evaluated accordingly.
“Sterlin, whoever he’s comfortable with, he’ll be able to know that right away,” Strong said. “We’ll give the guys enough reps to where he’ll be able to place them in that position. Then he can just say, ‘Hey, this is the guy we’ve got to go with.'”
Heard drew most of the reps at quarterback in 2015 and was largely hit or miss, completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards and five touchdowns. Swoopes worked in certain offensive situations and primarily as a running QB, accumulating 451 yards and 12 scores on the ground. Texas ended up going 5-7 (4-5 Big 12) on the year and did not appear in a bowl game.
And Charlie Strong has said that he hopes to have an answer as to who will be the Longhorns’ quarterback by the end of spring practice. Gilbert is expected to run an up-tempo spread offense, a la Baylor, so Texas could be in a position to seriously contend in the Big 12 so long as quarterback play is consistent.
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