Longhorns Media Day Q&A: Jerrod Heard

Longhorns quarterback Jerrod Heard answered questions from the media on Thursday. Here's a Q&A with the redshirt freshman.

Q:

How can you grab the No. 1 position?

A:

I think, with me being such a competitive guy, I can help the team, period. That's my goal. I want to be someone who is reliable and ready when the time comes. That's the thing I am working on right now, just being the most reliable QB in the locker room.

Q:

What will it take to win the job?

A:

I know my job, right now, is to keep pressing forward and become a reliable guy.

Q:

Is it hard to take control when there are two quarterbacks trying to lead the team?

A:

We have our ways of sharing our leadership role. Of course Tyrone has a bigger voice because of the games he has played. I respect Tyrone and look up to him as a guy who has played and know how to overcome adversity.

Q:

Do you want to be the guy?

A:

Definitely. Definitely. I have to keep leading and learning more information as I go. Eventually, my number will be called and I have to be ready for that. I have to be ready to put the ball in the end zone.

Q:

What are the biggest differences between Swoopes and you?

A:

We have different playing styles but our focus is to put the ball in the end zone. With this new offense and the quick decision-making, I think it works better for both of us. We both grew up doing this in high school. What we're trying to do is to get the ball in the end zone.

Q:

What does "win the team" mean to you?

A:

Win the team is being that guy you know is going to get it done. When it gets crucial, he's not going to break. He's going to get the ball in the end zone and win games for you. That's winning the team and that's the type of guy the team will look up to.

Q:

Was it frustrating to watch your team struggle last season and not be able to help?

A:

It was definitely frustrating. It just makes me work harder. I feel like I have a lot to prove and I have to continue to play with a chip on my shoulder. I want to go out there and be a reliable guy for the team. It's something I really wanted to do during spring and summer.

Q:

What do you have to prove?

A:

I have to keep proving I am getting better. This is a young team and a young squad. They want to know who's going to be the guy of the future, and it's my job to keep showing them that I am going to be that reliable guy for the entire time I am here.

Q:

Do you have to demand this is your team?

A:

Definitely. I have to demand it once I step on the field. If I wait until I become a starter it's too late. Every time I step out on the field, I have to show that I deserve to be on the field.

Q:

How do you feel about the coaches decision to play both QBs?

A:

It shows that I have to continue to move forward and keep working hard. Actually, it shows I have to work harder so I can be the guy that (the coaches) believe will be able to lead the team in games and win.

Q:

How bad do you want to be on the center stage?

A:

I want to be there badly. I'm working hard to get there. When my time comes, I have to prove that I should be there.

Q:

Do you feel Tyrone and you are entering at equal places, or do you feel you have to win Tyrone's job?

A:

There's competition there but my job is to compete for that job. He knows I am trying to get his job. And that's going to continue. You cannot be lagging at quarterback because there can only be one guy on the field and your spot can be taken at any time. Every time we're in the film room or on the field, we're still going at it, still competing. There's no settling.

Q:

How has your game improved?

A:

It has improved a lot. My decision-making and understanding the fast tempo and what the defense is going to bring at you. I wish I had that knowledge last year but that's all a part of growing up and maturing in the offense.

Q:

Did you reach out to J.W. Walsh to pick his brain on things?

A:

I have reached out to him for advice about how to lead the team. He was a two-year starter at Oklahoma State, so I asked questions about how to best get the team to move with you and how to win games. He gave me great feedback and that was very helpful heading into this season.

Q:

Do you feel a lot of pressure to not make mistakes in order to win the job?

A:

I like pressure. I think pressure is good. It makes me work harder to go out and prove myself. I think it's great for the team as well.

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