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Texas walk-on QB Josh Covey transfers to SFA

The Georgetown product plans to return to finish his degree.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

Transfer season started on Friday for the Texas Longhorns when walk-on quarterback Josh Covey announced his transfer to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks:

The 6’1, 200-pounder played quarterback at Georgetown, but began his Texas career at wide receiver. When the ‘Horns needed bodies at the quarterback position, he moved back and was the first non-scholarship option Texas in 2017.

Covey even drew some praise from head coach Tom Herman.

“Covey being a guy that’s actually somewhat impressive running around the cones, he’s an athletic dude, which is kind of what you want from your third quarterback is,” Herman said last spring. “He’s your third quarterback for a reason, so maybe he can add a dimension or get you out of a game running around a little bit back there, which hopefully he can provide.”

Wide receiver Jerrod Heard ended up practicing as the emergency quarterback behind Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger, but Covey did take the final snaps in victory formation against San Jose State and Missouri.

Covey will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at SFA, though playing time next season won’t be easy to come by — two experienced quarterbacks return, including Foster Sawyer, who started his career at TCU.