The great weekly tradition of the 2017 Texas Longhorns football season continues — speculation about which quarterback will be healthy and which player will start during that particular week.
During the Big 12 teleconference on Monday, Texas head coach Tom Herman indicated that he’s not ready to make any declarations about whether it will be sophomore Shane Buechele or freshman Sam Ehlinger behind center against the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth on Saturday.
However, Herman expects to make that decision on Tuesday or Wednesday and said that it’s possible both quarterbacks could play in the game. Otherwise, he was typically coy during his Monday media availability, noting that he has no requirement to publicly name a starter.
Buechele acquitted himself well against a poor Baylor defense and, perhaps most importantly, was able to emerge from the game without any significant injuries — he bruised his throwing shoulder against Maryland and missed two games, then sprained his ankle upon his return and didn’t play against Kansas State.
Meanwhile, Ehlinger is now available once again after sitting out the Baylor game due to a concussion he apparently suffered against Oklahoma State.
So, assuming that both can remain healthy during the week of practice, Herman will face a rare decision — deciding between his two quarterbacks, instead of just playing whichever one happens to be available that particular week.
And Herman does also wants to settle on a starter for the final four games in an effort to develop some continuity at a position that hasn’t had any this season, so don’t expect a lot of changes at quarterback moving forward. If Herman can help it, anyway.