After suffering five sacks and carrying the ball 10 more times in Saturday’s demoralizing loss to the Maryland Terrapins, Texas Longhorns sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele will miss Tuesday’s practice with a bruised throwing shoulder.
On Monday, head coach Tom Herman indicated that Buechele will receive further evaluation after that practice to determine whether he’ll be able to participate the rest of the week.
The injury once again raises concerns about Buechele’s ability to remain healthy after he spent most of the 2016 season battling an assortment of injuries and about whether the offensive line is good enough to limit those hits on him.
In the first game, the returns were not particularly positive, as only seven teams in the country recorded more sacks than Maryland in its opening game, with only five teams in the country allowing more sacks than Texas to start the season.
For the short term, the worry is that the shoulder injury could make it more difficult to begin creating the type of deep completions that characterized the offense last season, but largely weren’t available against Maryland due to the Terps playing two safeties deep.
Texas produced two touchdowns of just more than 30 yards through the air a year after finishing tied for 14th nationally with 16 passes of 40 or more yards.
If Buechele can’t play this weekend, true freshman Sam Ehlinger is his backup and the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster.