Texas QB Shane Buechele has picked SMU to take over the starting quarterback job.
It was hardly a shocker when former Texas starting quarterback Shane Buechele chose to go to SMU as a grad transfer.
While Texas could use a No. 2 quarterback with a guy like Sam Ehlinger more than willing to take big shots, Buechele wanted to go somewhere and play in his final season and be the main man.
Buechele is a very good, very sound, very solid passer, but he’s not an elite talent. With the Longhorns, he completed 62% of his passes for 4,636 yards and 30 touchdowns with 16 picks, and he ran for 268 yards and four scores. He was good, but Ehlinger was better.
Even so, Florida State could’ve really used his services, and several other Power Five schools might have been in the mix.
If Justin Fields isn’t eligible at Ohio State, Buechele would be a fantastic fill-in compared to the other options.
But SMU was the obvious call that everyone saw coming.
Under Chad Morris, the Mustangs were in the hunt for Buechele in the recruiting process the first time around – but they lost him to Texas.
Under head Sonny Dykes, SMU lost starting quarterback Ben Hicks to play for Morris at Arkansas, and that left a gaping hole. The Mustangs needed a quarterback for the high-powered passing attack, and now Buechele gets to step in and wing it around the yard.
The Dallas native will make the SMU offense his. Starting with 93-catch veteran James Proche, the receiving corps is loaded, the running backs are fine, and the offensive line has four starters back.
There’s enough in place to to make a serious push for the American Athletic title – and that includes the defense, too. And now the team has its quarterback, and the coach who can get the most out of him.
With Arkansas State, North Texas, and Texas State to start the season, it’s going to be fun.