Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard shined in his first Red River Showdown game, rushing for 115 yards and throwing a touchdown.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: What to do with Jerrod Heard, what to do …

Posted August 9th, 2016

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While I got ya, it’s a Nine things, one crazy prediction day.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of them — on Jerrod Heard:

Jerrod Heard is still a Longhorns quarterback, but he is working out some at wide receiver, a connected source tells me. That’s smart up to a point.

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The sophomore, who started 10 games for Texas last season, clearly is working out as third-string quarterback, but is probably the team’s most athletic quarterback and needs to get on the field. I envision Heard as this year’s Daje Johnson, a strong jet sweep and bubble screen candidate. But I’d give Heard the majority of the second-string quarterback snaps behind Shane Buechele because no coach gives three quarterbacks equal or meaningful reps during a regular season.

So it comes down to which quarterback gets left out.

Since Heard has a bigger upside as a potential quarterback in terms of athleticism, remaining eligibility and potential than Swoopes, Heard should get the backup snaps. Plus, Swoopes can still operate his short-yardage package without needing all that much practice time.

 

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