Buechele suffered a bruised shoulder injury in Texas’ 51-41 Week 1 loss to Maryland and has since remained sidelined while undergoing treatment. Buechele did dress out throughout last week leading up to the Longhorns meeting with San Jose State, but he didn't participate in any lives reps.
In Buechele’s absence, freshman Sam Ehlinger orchestrated the first-team offense throughout practice and made his first career start and appearance on Saturday, guiding the Longhorns to a dominant 56-0 showing to improve to 1-1 on the season. Ehlinger completed 15-of-27 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown.
After starting all 12 games as a true freshman last season, Buechele kicked his sophomore campaign off with a 375-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Terrapins.
If healthy, Buechele is the likely starter when Texas heads to Southern California for its much-anticipated matchup with No. 4 USC on Saturday, although Tom Herman noted during his Monday press conference that Buechele will still need to prove he’s the starter in practice.