Earlier this week, Texas coach Tom Herman declined to tell reporters – or TCU, for that matter – whether he’d start sophomore Shane Buechele or freshman Sam Ehlinger against the No. 10 Horned Frogs. On Thursday, he added another quarterback to the mix.
Herman said on Thursday that Ehlinger would be available after missing last week’s win over Baylor with a head injury. Herman, though, wouldn’t commit to giving Buechele his fourth start of the season or Ehlinger his sixth. He even teased junior Jerrod Heard as a possible starter.
Herman noted that Buechele got the bulk of the practice reps with the first-team offense this week. He later added, however, that “I would imagine that all three quarterbacks are probably going to play at one point or another.”
“You’re liable to see a wide variety of quarterbacks back there,” Herman said.
A 12-time starter last season, Buechele has thrown for 813 yards and four touchdowns while completing 71.9 percent of this year’s 114 passes. Ehlinger has 1,419 passing yards and eight total touchdowns to his credit, and he had 100-yard rushing performances against Kansas State and Oklahoma.
Heard is listed as a receiver on UT’s roster, but he was used as a wildcat quarterback against both San Jose State and USC. He was also listed as Texas’ back-up quarterback against San Jose State and Baylor. Herman said Heard, who was the Longhorns’ starting quarterback in 2015 before he moved to receiver, practiced solely with the quarterbacks this week.
Herman also announced that Toneil Carter (head) will miss Saturday’s trip to Fort Worth. Carter led Texas with his 70 rushing yards last week. That leaves leading rusher Chris Warren III and freshman Daniel Young among the backfield options, and Herman added that sophomore Kyle Porter had a good week of practice.
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