Update 9:30 a.m. Thursday: Texas confirmed Thursday morning that quarterback Shane Buechele’s name now appears in the NCAA transfer database after completing the paperwork.
Texas backup quarterback Shane Buechele has informed coaches that he wants to put his name into the NCAA transfer database and possibly consider leaving the Longhorns, a source said.
Also late Wednesday, UT confirmed that third-string quarterback Cameron Rising has informed coaches he will be transferring. Rising’s next school was not immediately known, however he did take a recruiting trip to Utah.
Buechele’s name has long been the subject of transfer rumors ever since Sam Ehlinger won the starting job. Buechele has never made his long-range plans known, mostly because reporters typically have little to no access to him during the season.
Orangebloods was the first to report Buechele’s decision.
Buechele and Rising are both on the clock, so to speak. Tuesday is the first day of the spring semester at Texas. Most schools start classes back after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. By NCAA rule, any player that attends classes has that semester count toward his eligibility.
Buechele, an Arlington Lamar product, has played in 23 career games and started 12 during his freshman season in 2016. He played in two games this season, which kept his redshirt intact. Buechele has two years of eligibility remaining.
If Buechele leaves UT, he would finish with 4,636 career passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Just by putting his name into the database, Buechele is not guaranteed to leave. The junior can then engage in talks with other schools, take official recruiting visits and consider leaving UT.
However, any player that puts his name into the transfer database could have his scholarship pulled for the next season with no questions asked, if the coach decides to take that course of action. The athlete is not guaranteed a spot.
Rising, a freshman from Ventura, Calif., did not play during the 2018 season. He was slightly ahead of fellow freshman Casey Thompson when August practice ended and was considered third on the depth chart.
Rising was a high school All-American considered the 26th-best pro quarterback prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.
Both Rising and Thompson put their names into the NCAA transfer portal in mid-December. However, UT coach Tom Herman allowed both players to stay with the team and attend the Sugar Bowl. Thompson, from Newcastle, Okla., is believed to be staying with the Longhorns.
Normally, coaches would boot any player that expressed any desire to look elsewhere. But the NCAA transfer database, created in October, has opened an entirely new frontier for the players.
“Well, one, we want them to stick around,” Herman said in New Orleans. “We don’t want to lose either one of them. Nowadays in college football that’s their right, and that’s something that the football oversight committee and the transfer oversight committee thought was a necessary next step. And we respect that.”
Herman said the UT coaches remained in contact with Rising and Thompson’s families. However, “I think this is the way of the world now,” Herman said.
So for now, Texas’ quarterback picture looks different. Ehlinger would still be the projected starter for 2019. One online sportsbook listed Ehlinger’s chances to win the Heisman Trophy at 16-to-1. If Buechele stayed, he would likely be the backup again.
Thompson would become the third- or possible second-string quarterback, depending on if Buechele ultimately leaves. Then, freshman Roschon Johnson is expected to enroll for the spring semester and go through spring drills.
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