The 6-foot-2 signal caller threw for 2,286 yards and 28 touchdowns to 10 interceptions as a sophomore, while also rushing for 650 yards and five more scores. Those kinds of numbers would seem to back up offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin's assessment of what he looks for from the quarterback position in high school players, made this past week.
"You want to look at what they've done from a decision-making standpoint," Harsin said. "What's their touchdown-to-INT? What's their completion percentages and things like that. You can look at those stats just to start with.
"Ultimately, it comes down to what I think is important: a guy that's got a passion for the game," Harsin said. "It's really, really important to them. I think if guys have that, especially at that position, they're going to spend time in the film room, on their own, in the playbook, just all those things you have to do at that position to excel. Because if you don't, and especially at quarterback, then it's going to be very difficult to do the things that we need you to do."
Despite competing in other sports — Heard has played basketball and run sprints for the Denton Guyer track team — Heard's passion for football, and his work ethic are among the first traits listed when talking about him. That's why, even after Harsin pointed out that he liked Heard's footwork, the quarterback conceded that he needed to get better in that area, and everywhere on the football field.
With the Longhorns taking two quarterbacks in the 2012 class in Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet, and a third in the 2013 class in Tyrone Swoopes, Texas might not take another quarterback for 2014, especially since when Heard is set to arrive on campus, David Ash will also still be at Texas for one final year. But, because it's so early on, don't count anything out at that position. Especially with the Longhorns' recent luck there.