Texas football coach Tom Herman is not ready to name the team’s starting quarterback for the 2017 season.
Sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele has done everything right so far during spring practice. He seems to have found a certain level of comfort early in Herman’s tenure as head coach that has translated onto the practice field. However, Herman was hesitant to name the quarterback his starter for week one despite his early success.
“Shane knows we have a lot of confidence in him, and Shane did a lot of things really well this spring,” Herman said. “But to say he’s won the job in 12 padded practices, when he doesn’t even get hit, that would be a bit premature.”
With a new head coach, Buechele’s experience as a starting quarterback last season will only carry him so far. His main source of competition comes from true freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who has shown promise, but little poise when given an extended number of snaps.
Despite mounting evidence that Buchele will lead the team, Herman refused to concede as much when speaking to ESPN.
During Texas’ Orange and White game, Buchele exposed the defense and tossed two touchdowns passes, adding a third score on the ground. Ehlinger, meanwhile, went 10-31 and threw a touchdown pass of his own.
To this point, Herman has refused to name a starter before the start of practice in August. All signs point to Buchele, though.
“I think a healthy fear of losing your job is just that: healthy,” Herman said.
It appears that is exactly what he is trying to instill in his young and eventual starting quarterback.