Texas QB Shane Buechele is entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. What are the five best teams for him?
It was just a question of time.
Sam Ehlinger grew into Mr. Texas over the course of last season, but Shane Buechele is good enough to start, too – just not for Texas.
Last year’s star recruits Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson are bolting, but they’re going to have to sit out a year. Buechele is a grad transfer and will have two years left to play somewhere else. So where would he want to go? Where would he fit?
Here’s the issue. Buechele is good, but he’s not special. He might be a great fit to make a good team great – sort of like Joe Burrow leaving Ohio State for LSU – but he’s not Jalen Hurts or Kelly Bryant in terms of talent.
Could he go to a big-time program and be the guy for a year before potentially getting replaced by a stronger option? Or would he want to go somewhere to simply play, but with no College Football Playoff or national title implications?
Here are the five best options for a solid veteran who completed 62% of his passes for 4,636 yards and 30 touchdowns and 16 picks in his 23 games as a Longhorn.
5. Miami Hurricanes
He’s an upgrade over N’Kosi Perry. However, what’s the Tate Martell situation going to be?
The Ohio State transfer is The Guy for Miami, but he probably won’t be eligible until next season. If he’s somehow eligible to play this year, then forget it – this would make no sense for Buechele.
However, if Martell has to wait a year, this might be a one-year shot at greatness for Buechele. Star receiver Jeff Thomas is returning after saying he was leaving for Illinois, the defense is amazing, the offensive line is good enough, and the one big thing that’s missing is a consistent passer who knows his way around a big game.
Make no mistake about it, Buechele would be a stopgap measure for the Hurricanes. But even if he played a year and it became Martell’s gig, Buechele could go back on the grad transfer market.