UT Head Coach Charlie Strong speaks at his weekly news conference at Bellmont Hall on Monday August 29, 2016. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

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Charlie Strong on QB for Notre Dame: ‘I know who is going to start;’ fans will find out Sunday

Posted August 29th, 2016

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UPDATE, 11:05 a.m.:

Charlie Strong says he knows who the starting quarterback with be for Notre Dame, but fans will find out on Sunday.

UPDATE, 10:52 a.m. : Before Charlie Strong’s initial press conference of the season, the team notes did not have a depth chart in it.

Follow live: Charlie Strong’s weekly press conference at 11 a.m.

Charlie Strong led off the Big 12’s weekly teleconference on Monday, and Texas’ third-year coach immediately declined to name starting quarterback for Sunday’s opener against Notre Dame. Later in the teleconference, Strong said he expected to make a decision between senior Tyrone Swoopes and freshman Shane Buechele when “they run out there on Sunday,” and he also said that having two candidates for the starting position hasn’t hurt the team’s preparing for its first game.

Among the other highlights from Strong’s 10-minute chat with reporters:

  • Said Strong on his job security: “You don’t dwell on it. I’m not even concerned about it. The only thing I’m trying to do is get this team ready and prepared to go play their season, and that is what our focus is all about. It’s never about me, and I’m never going to make it about me.”
  • Said Strong on opening against a team like Notre Dame: “It’s always great when you open up against someone with such great tradition similar to ourselves. It’s not hard to get your players focused.  They go right to work, and I think they’re excited for the match-up and they’re looking forward to it.”
  • Strong said that preparing for two Notre Dame quarterbacks – senior Malik Zaire and junior DeShone Kizer – with different styles would be the biggest challenge for the Texas defense. Strong also complimented Notre Dame’s offensive line, and added that the Notre Dame wide receivers “may be young, but they’re very talented.”
  • Strong confirmed that freshman Kai Locksley has joined Jerrod Heard as ex-quarterbacks in Texas’ receiving corps. Said Strong: “You’re looking at two guys that wanted to make that move because they felt like they could help the team and they wanted to play. In order for them to play, they made the move to wide receiver. It’s been great for both of them. It has been a learning curve, but they’re athletic and they have good speed and good hands and it’s not very hard for them to catch up.”

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