SCIPIO TEX: 2017 QB Depth

Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)
Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

Now that Malik Zaire has announced that he’ll be transferring to Florida – surprising no one who reads this forum – after the SEC changed their graduate transfer rule to allow it to happen – surprising no one anywhere, it looks increasingly likely that the Longhorns will carry two scholarship QBs into the 2017 season.

I don’t fault Zaire (unless he invades the Central African Republic). He doesn’t want to be depth. Or in a competition. He wants a starting job. And there’s one available in Gainesville.

But that’s bad news for the Burnt Orange and White.

So while we bemoan that Tony Gonzalez isn’t on our TE roster, how Jordan Elliott might have contributed if his head wasn’t a kaleidoscope and our linebacking corps looks better in their shorts than they play in pads, the real potential for a cataclysmic 2017 is still the QB position.

We’re whistling past the graveyard.

We feature a depth chart comprised of a sophomore and a true freshman. The sophomore isn’t cut from the Andrew Luck cloth of QB frames and spent most of 2016 struggling with a shoulder injury that came from a hard hit in the Cal game, which was then re-aggravated on a weekly basis before knocking him out altogether. The true freshman is a true freshman who will do true freshman things in football games who, as a high school senior, tore both meniscus, broke his thumb and broke his wrist, in no small part because he doesn’t like shirking hits.

I understand (and generally loathe) the cult of the freshman here and everywhere else Longhorn fans gather, but put me in the camp of the cult of the redshirt junior with 20+ starts. Guys like 2005 Vince Young and 2008 Colt McCoy.

That’s objective reality.

In addition, the Longhorn offense is in a bit of a Catch 22.

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