University of Texas swimmer Jack Conger wears his Olympic gold medal for competing on the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Conger discusses the penalties levied against him from the United States Olympic Committee after a fateful night in Rio last month, when he, Ryan Lochte and other teammates caused an international incident. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Shane Buechele places swimmer atop campus’ totem pole

Posted September 26th, 2016

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Olympic gold > touchdown passes.

Through three games, Texas freshman Shane Buechele has thrown for 720 yards and seven touchdowns. Only two of the 86 passes thrown by the two-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week have been intercepted, and the Arlington Lamar graduate tied James Brown’s freshman-class record when he completed 22 of the 27 passes he threw against UTEP on Sept. 10.

So has early success on the field led a celebrity-like reception off of it? Not really, says the quarterback.

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“I’m not even the big man on campus,” Buechele said on Monday. “It’s just another day. I’m just another student, just another athlete.”

So who is the big man on campus? Buechele gave his vote to senior swimmer Jack Conger, who won a gold medal at Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Buechele said he was able to recently congratulate Conger for his accomplishments – Conger was a member of the United States’ 800-meter relay team – in the university’s dining hall.

“It’s pretty cool standing by a gold medalist,” said Buechele, who ranks fourth in the Big 12 in passing efficiency (158.8).

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