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Texas Longhorns Football: Charlie Strong Has An Idea About Who Will Be Longhorns Starting QB in 2016

The Longhorns held their second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday. Head coach Charlie Strong discussed how the team looked midway through fall camp.

Charlie Strong spoke with the media Saturday following the Longhorns second scrimmage of fall camp. 

To no one's surprise, the first question asked to the head coach was about the starting quarterback.

Strong has said all along that he wanted don't expect him to make a public announcement anytime soon.

"The thing with the quarterback is the decision will be made and the team will know," Strong said. "I'm not going to put it out there because I don't want Notre Dame to know who we are going to start at quarterback.

"I wanted to know myself who would be the guy (early in fall camp). I kind of know."

Strong isn't the only coach who has an idea who will be "the guy" this season. From the way the head coach described, there's a good chance the entire staff agrees on who will be the starter for Texas.

"We're on the same page. Everybody has an idea. They have the same idea. We see it at practice everyday."

Both Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes have performed well throughout fall camp and both made "really good throws" during Saturday's scrimmage. While he doesn't know the exact split, Strong believes both quarterbacks will see playing time this season.

"I don't know if it's going to be 50-50, 60-40 or 30-70. Those guys have respect for each other and we're going to have a chance to play both of them."

A few other takeaways from Strong:

- Jake McMillan has been getting reps at center as Zach Shackelford is nursing an injury.

- Strong believes the DT position will be much improved this season.

- Four players who have had big performances this season that are not being talked about are WR Jacorey Warrick, WR Jake Oliver, DT Poona Ford and DT Chris Nelson.

- Jerrod Heard had an impressive scrimmage. He caught a deep ball for a 50-yard touchdown.

- Kyle Porter has done well. Strong describes him as a shifty, strong player who runs behind his pads.

- Erik Fowler was unable to scrimmage today because of NCAA rules. He has to go two days in shorts, two days in shorts and shoulder pads and then can go to full pads for practice. He is currently playing inside linebacker.


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