Kelly Bryant. Tristan Gebbia. Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse.
After moving down the depth chart in fall practice, or in Bryant’s case after the fourth game of the season, all four quarterbacks made the decision to take their talents elsewhere. To many, this may seem like the new reality for quarterbacks used to being QB1.
Don’t tell that to Texas Longhorns quarterback Shane Buechele.
When called on during Saturday’s win over the Baylor Bears, he was ready to step in and help the team win the game. Buechele’s efforts were rewarded by the coaching staff following the game, as noted by Longhorn Network’s All Access documentary series.
The scene in the locker room after Texas’s win over Baylor may just warm your heart up on this cold day.— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) October 17, 2018
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The biggest storyline heading into the 2018 season for the Longhorns was the quarterback battle. After a spring that provided little to no separation between the two quarterbacks, it took until two weeks out from Texas’s first game of the season for the coaching staff to make the call between the two. And even when announced, Herman acknowledged Buechele’s abilities did not give the staff an indication that “you can’t win with that guy,” but felt that Sam Ehlinger was the right choice for the team.
With Ehlinger in the middle of an record-setting start to the season, it seems as if that choice was validated and that the distance on the depth chart was widening. But where several other marquee quarterbacks opted to transfer, the former four-star quarterback decided to stay.
Against Baylor, that decision paid and Buechele showed himself as a leader for the team, in spite of being the second man on the depth chart.
“Shane Buechele is the most engaged; he’s the most prepared; he’s the most positive coaching backup quarterback I’ve ever been around in my life and I’ve been around some really good ones,” Herman said following the win over Baylor. “To have him be so fully invested in this football team and his teammates is a credit to him, his family, coach beck, and that quarterback room, I can’t thank Shane enough and I probably don’t enough. But after today, I certainly will.”
Buechele has seen success as a starter for Texas, with more than 4,500 passing yards, 29 career passing touchdowns, and holding the Texas freshman record for passing yardage and passing touchdowns in his three-year career. Thanks to the NCAA’s new redshirt policies, Buechele could still be eligible to redshirt this season and a transfer could still happen.
But at least for this season it seems as if Buechele is still all-in for the Texas Longhorns.