UT quarterback Shane Buechele looks for a receiver in the first quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas QB Shane Buechele talks about competition with Sam Ehlinger heading into spring practice

Posted February 8th, 2017

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A little more than a year ago, Shane Buechele enrolled early at Texas and began work toward earning the starting quarterback role at Texas. He not only got the nod over senior Tyrone Swoopes last September, but pieced together a record-setting season for a true freshman signal caller.

Now there’s a new true freshman quarterback trying to do the same. The only difference is, former Westlake standout Sam Ehlinger is coming for Buechele’s job.

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Last week as part of Longhorn Network’s national signing day coverage, Buechele sat down for a wide-ranging interview that touched on Ehlinger’s arrival and how it might affect Buechele’s future. You can watch the full interview below.

“It’s been fun so far,” Buechele said when asked about Ehlinger. “The first couple weeks that we’ve been back with everybody, especially Sam in that quarterback room, it’s been a lot of fun and it’s been competitive. Every workout we’re together in the same workout group, always grinding.”

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Buechele doesn’t seem to be shying away from that competition. In fact, he told the LHN crew that he embraces having someone there to push him.

“Competition is key to making you better,” he said. “If you don’t have somebody behind you pushing you in the back trying to take your spot, I don’t believe you can get any better.”

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It would likely take a special spring from Ehlinger — or major regression from Buechele — for the local product to take over the reigns this fall. Despite posting a 5-7 record, Buechele was hardly a source of the Longhorns’ struggles. He threw for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns, completing more than 60 percent of his passes with 11 interceptions.

“It says a lot about the players I was surrounded by, the leaders this last year,” Buechele said. “I was thankful to be around Tyrone (Swoopes) and Trey Holtz. I think they helped me a lot just growing as a player and growing as a person.”

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