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Sam or Shane?: Starting QB won’t be named until mid-August

Posted July 31st, 2017

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Texas coach Tom Herman said he’ll likely name a starting quarterback about two weeks before the season opener against Maryland on Sept. 2.

Sophomore Shane Buechele, who started all 12 games last season and threw for almost 3,000 yards, would appear to be the favorite. But don’t count out freshman Sam Ehlinger, a dazzling runner from Westlake.

“The guy that’s the starter needs to take every rep with the (first team) as we start getting ready to win a game,” Herman said.

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Herman had cautious praise for Buechele at Big 12 media days but left little doubt that the position wasn’t his alone. The coach has said numerous times that’s it’s difficult to determine who looks good wearing shorts and shirts alone. UT’s first full-padded practice is Friday, and the team will have a scrimmage on Saturday.

Asked what he likes about Ehlinger, Herman said, “Decisiveness. Sam’s a very cerebral guy, a really sharp guy. Sometimes, a lot of times, with quarterbacks that’s a detriment. He thinks a lot out there.”

Herman said he told Ehlinger that whether it’s 7-on-7 or 11-on-11, “just stop thinking and just play. I think he stated to do that a little bit better toward the end of practice.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

 

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