It appears Texas fans clamoring for a switch to the spread offense will get their wish.
Former Longhorn quarterback commit Zach Gentry told the Albuquerque Journal that he de-committed from Texas over concerns with a change in offensive scheme. Gentry, suited for a pro-style system, was ticketed to Texas before committing to Michigan on Saturday during his official visit to Ann Arbor.
“You know what, they’re changing the offense at Texas, and I wasn’t totally comfortable with that,” Gentry told the paper. “The Michigan coaches called me a week ago, and the opportunity presented itself.”
Gentry told the paper that he had quietly de-committed from Texas about a week ago.
Texas never established an offensive identity last season, ranking No. 113 in total offense and managing just 59 yards of total offense in a Texas Bowl loss to Arkansas. Injuries and dismissals played a role.
Two days after the season, coach Charlie Strong fired offensive assistants Les Koenning (receivers) and Bruce Chambers (tight ends). Strong replaced Koenning with former Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, who is versed in the spread from his time with the Sooners.
It remains to be seen if Shawn Watson, who called plays at Texas last season, will have the same role going forward.
This news comes in the wake of last week’s surprise visit to Texas by Allen High’s Kyler Murray, the nation’s No. 1-ranked dual threat QB.
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