Offseason Burning Questions: Who Will Start At Quarterback For Texas In 2017?

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Quarterback has been a problem for Texas ever since Colt McCoy left. It looks like they might finally have some stability at the position as they head into 2017 spring practice.

Burning Question #1
How will Tom Herman help grow the QBs?

Before Herman took over as head coach at Houston, he made a name for himself by transforming the Ohio State quarterback class in 2015 when they went on to win the National Championship. Braxton Miller was supposed to be the starter but he suffered a shoulder injury and missed the entire year. J.T Barrett came in and was a Heisman finalist before he broke his foot against Michigan in the season finale. Then Cardale Jones played the best three games to win the title. Three different quarterbacking styles, and Herman was able to get the best out of them.

Herman adjusting his coaching style to get the best out of them. Herman was able to make Greg Ward Jr., into a prolific college QB so he has the track record to make that a position of strength.

Burning Question #2
Is the job Shane Buechele’s to lose?

Last year as a true freshman, Buechele played the majority of snaps at quarterback sharing some time with Tyrone Swoopes. He threw for just under 3,000 yards and had 21 touchdowns to just his 11 interceptions. He flashed signs that he can be a really good quarterback but also had those freshman moments.

With Buechele not being a Herman recruit, its hard to see how he will just hand him the job so I don’t think its his job to lose but I expect him to be the starter for the opener.

Burning Question #3
What do we expect from Sam Ehlinger?

Ehlinger was enlisted as the savior of the program when he committed but that has kind of cooled even though there is still lots of hype around him. Buechele seems like the clear cut starter with Ehlinger looking like the guy that can back him up.

The biggest questions remains if Ehlinger can stay healthy as he is coming off two knee surgeries, a thumb and wrist injury during his senior season and whenever he recovered from one injury, another one occurred.
 

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