BUECHELE THE TALK OF TEXAS' SPRING GAME

If social media is any indication after Texas early enrollee freshman QB Shane Buechele is the new, Longhorns' fan favorite to lead Texas' offense. But Charlie Strong and offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert weren't ready to name a starting quarterback.

Buechele, Scout's No. 1 QB in 2016 in the state of Texas out of Arlington Lamar, completed 22 of 41 passes for 299 yards and TD passes of 27 yards to Armanti Foreman and 65 yards to John Burt in a spring game that coaches called off at halftime Saturday.

Tyrone Swoopes was 4 of 16 passing for 71 yards with two INTs.

"Shane had a good day today, a really good day," Strong said. "But Ty has had his good days, too. I just know this: We're going to have us a quarterback who can move the ball for us." 

Strong added, "When you get to August, you're going to have really good competition. Swoopes said he'll be a better player because of Shane, and that's respect. His teammates respect him (Buechele)."

Gilbert said sophomore-to-be QB Jerrod Heard (shoulder) will also be in the equation in the fall. Heard got through nine of 15 spring practices before suffering a slight sprain of his throwing shoulder.

"It's unfortunate he got banged up and missed, because he would have been right in the mix," Gilbert said of Heard.

When told Texas fans were probably going to anoint Buechele the starting QB for the opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 4 based on the spring game, Gilbert said it's too early for that.

"We've still got a lot of work to do, a lot of evaluation to go through, a lot of reps and a lot of progression to go for all three of those guys," Gilbert said.

When asked specifically about what to take out of the spring game, Gilbert called it "a glorified practice."

"But any time you turn the lights on, kids respond different, so it was definitely good to see the way he (Buechele) went out and produced today."

Asked what he liked about Buechele's approach to the spring, Gilbert said:

"All the way through the spring, he's been diligent about his work. He's savvy about football and understands what we're trying to get accomplished."

Neither Buechele nor Swoopes were made available to the media after the spring game.

OTHER NOTABLES FROM SATURDAY'S SPRING GAME:

* When asked if he showed the bare minimum on offense Saturday, Gilbert said, "It wasn't much."

* RB D'Onta Foreman was the first back with the first team offense and finished with 9 carries for 73 yards (8.1 ypc) and a 4-yard TD run. RB Chris Warren ran 7 times for 101 yards (14.4 ypc), including a 51-yard TD run.

Gilbert said he's never coached a RB bigger than 225 pounds. "These guys are 20 and 30 pounds bigger than what I'm used to," Gilbert said.

* RB Roderick Bernard ran 3 times for 29 yards (9.7 ypc).

"Rod's quick, shifty, a good change-of-pace for us," Gilbert said. "Kirk Johnson falls into that category for us, too."

* WR John Burt had 2 catches for 106 yards, including a 65-yard TD strike from Buechele

* WR Armanti Foreman had 6 catches for 81 yards and a 27-yard TD pass from Buechele. Strong said he sat down with Armanti during the spring and told him not to let outside factors (such as his twin brother D'Onta's success) clutter his thought process. Strong said he sees progress.

* WR Jacorey Warrick, whom Charlie Strong said had a very good spring, had 3 catches for 76 yards.

* On defense, Charles Omenihu, who is emerging as a real force at SDE, had 2 sacks, and Breckyn Hager, emerging as a force at Fox end, had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage (going up against the No. 1 offense), including a sack.

* CB Antwuan Davis, who has at least 5 INTs in scrimmage situations this spring, had another one on a deep ball by Swoopes intended for DeAndre McNeal in the first quarter.

* S John Bonney also had an INT on a ball broken up by Holton Hill that caromed to Bonney.

* S DeShon Elliott forced a fumble on a run by Roderick Bernard that DE Quincy Vasser recovered.

* The leading tacklers in the spring game were: LB Tim Cole 7 (including a TFL), LB Anthony Wheeler 6 and DE Quincy Vasser 5. Holton Hill, Omenihu, Poona Ford, Paul Boyette Jr. and walk-on DT Alex Mercado all had 4 tackles.

* K Mitchell Becker badly missed a 46-yard FG attempt wide left in the second quarter.

Strong said previously Texas is looking for a kicker that could come in for the fall. But on Saturday he said, "If for some reason we can't find one - from 35 yards and in, just be consistent." When asked if he has a No. 1 kicker right now, Strong said, "No, I don't have a number one kicker right now."

* Ryan Newsome was the only one back to return punts on Saturday. But he fair caught them all (by design).


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