Texas has been host to a heated quarterback competition this summer as players work to be named the starter for the team. A race that once began with three hopefuls is now down to two.
Three hopefuls were in the running to become the No. 1 quarterback: Shane Buechele, Tyrone Swoopes, and Jerrod Heard.
Heard, who was the starting QB last season as a redshirt freshman, has decided to take his name out of the competition and move over to a new position.
Heard spoke to his coaches and requested the move because he wants to help the team win.
“Jerrod was battling for the quarterback position and he says to me, ‘Coach, I can be the backup at quarterback, but I want to play,’” Texas head coach Charlie Strong recalled. “So I said, ‘OK, big boy, you tell me where you want to play.’ He said, ‘Can I go play wide receiver?’ I said, ‘Most certainly, you can.’”
The redshirt sophomore had an impressive 2015 season throwing for 1,214 yards, rushing for 556 yards, and coring eight total touchdowns. Heard even broke a school-record 527 total yards of offense in their second game last season.
Strong said Heard continues to take reps at quarterback in practice, but will definitely be a huge impact at receiver for the season opener against Notre Dame.
Although coach Strong hoped to have named a starting QB by now, the coach says he will most likely have to wait another week before making an announcement. Strong says he is withholding naming the quarterback as a strategic move to keep Notre Dame from knowing his plan going into the very important first game of the season.