Jerrod Heard of the Texas Longhorns drops back to pass in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on November 14, 2015 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Jerrod Heard on moving to WR: ‘I was all for it and ready to go’

Heard: 'I feel like I’ve got to continue to help this team and be that reliable guy.'

Posted August 23rd, 2016

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Texas receiver Jerrod Heard said he’s enjoyed the position change and he’s “loving every minute of it.”

Heard had not spoken to reporters since news broke earlier in August about his new role. The sophomore started 10 games at quarterback last season but is now lining up in the slot.

“I didn’t fight nothing,” Heard said Tuesday. “Really, I was ready for the transition myself. I felt like it would be a positive thing for me and my future. I was all for it and ready to go.”

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For Heard, the mere idea of sitting on the bench had to be unbearable. He won two state titles in high school and played a key role with the Longhorns last season. If Heard didn’t change positions, he likely would have been anchored to the sideline as life rolled on.

Heard said he’s studied some other former quarterbacks who reached the NFL as a receiver. That’s a career track Heard can see for himself.

“It’s a humbling thing, and you do want to do things to get yourself out there,” Heard said. “Like in my situation, I made that transition. I don’t want to say bad, but I do feel like I’ve got to be out there. I feel like I’ve got to continue to help this team and be that reliable guy.”

As for who should start at quarterback, Heard couldn’t choose between Tyrone Swoopes and Shane Buechele.

“I’d like to see all three of us run out there,” he joked.

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

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