Leading up to the start of August training camp, the Statesman will examine each position on the Texas roster.
Coach Charlie Strong has been given multiple opportunities to short-circuit the momentum building for freshman Shane Buechele. At Big 12 media days, Strong stopped just short of naming Buechele the starter against Notre Dame. “He just puts the ball in the right place and understands the offense,” Strong said.
Meanwhile, there have been whispers of Jerrod Heard working out with the receivers. Heard won the job over Tyrone Swoopes last season, so it doesn’t make sense that Heard would simply give up and give way to anyone.
Kai Locksley has to wonder where he fits in all of this. Same goes for Matthew Merrick.
Buechele may indeed become the opening day starter, but he’s got to earn it this August.
If Oklahoma didn’t have Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon returning this season, Texas would have the best running back combo in the Big 12. D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III are simply that good.
Both Foreman and Warren hover around 250 pounds, and both run like Mack trucks. If anyone doubts their speed and brute force, cue up Foreman’s 81-yard dash against Oklahoma or Warren’s 91-yard touchdown run against Texas Tech.
There’s a real battle behind Foreman and Warren, though. Kirk Johnson played in six games last season before suffering a knee injury. Tristan Houston, an all-state pick from Galena Park, redshirted last season. Keep an eye on Kyle Porter, who almost rushed for 2,000 yards last season at Katy.
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