The Texas Longhorns and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will meet for the first time to open the 2019 season, with the lack of history and the modest recent results by the Conference USA program suggesting that there won’t be a lot of intrigue surrounding the game.
Well, at least there wasn’t until Shreveport native and Louisiana Tech alum Terry Bradshaw opened his mouth, going on a bizarre rant about how he doesn’t understand why quarterbacks commit to play on stacked depth charts.
Terry Bradshaw, shots fired.— Bob Ballou (@BobBallouSports) June 27, 2019
On Texas QB Sam Ehlinger:
"He ain't that good."
(*By 5-A he means 5-star) pic.twitter.com/ZNkU8fU7dA
Bradshaw doesn’t even really know what he’s talking about, saying that Texas signed three “5A quarterbacks” in one year, though Cameron Rising, Casey Thompson, and Roschon Johnson weren’t even in the same class. He thinks that two are now gone, but only Rising actually left — Thompson entered the NCAA transfer portal and eventually returned, though Shane Buechele did depart along with Rising.
Apparently Bradshaw thought he was on a roll, because he continued.
“The one that’s playing, you know, he ain’t that good,” Bradshaw said.
Of course, Bradshaw doesn’t know what he’s talking about here, either. Texas junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger is now a legitimate Heisman candidate entering the 2019 season after becoming the sixth Power Five quarterback in the last 20 years to record at least 25 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns. Each of the other five quarterbacks won the Heisman, so it was a feat that even Vince Young never managed with the Longhorns.
Oh yeah, and Ehlinger also set the Big 12 record for most consecutive passes without an interception (308).
Just as strange was Bradshaw’s final utterance — his homer statement about taking Louisiana Tech’s quarterbacks over the Texas quarterbacks any day.
Starter J’Mar Smith, a redshirt senior, was a consensus three-star prospect out of high school in Mississippi. So was back up Aaron Allen, but Westin Elliott was not ranked. Smith is a perfectly adequate quarterback — he’s entering his third year as a starter and threw for other 3,000 yards last season — but he threw 10 interceptions in 2018 and there’s nothing particularly impressive about his career production.
Despite what Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holz might say publicly, there’s no way that he would take his quarterbacks over the Texas quarterbacks. Only a fool would do that.
So chalk it all up to Bradshaw being a fool. Or at least doing a remarkable impersonation of one.