Although he hasn’t officially announced his intentions to transfer from Texas football yet, quarterback Shane Buechele is rumored to be on his way out.
The likely possibility for the Texas football program this off-season is that there’s three quarterbacks on the depth chart that have names in the NCAA Transfer Portal. The recently instituted NCAA Transfer Portal already has reports of the pair of true freshmen quarterbacks, Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson, before it seemed like they even had the chance to prove themselves.
While it was somewhat surprising to see both Rising and Thompson put their names in the transfer portal, junior Shane Buechele was expected to be on the graduate transfer market for the 2019 off-season. Since the start of the 2018 regular season, we could anticipate that a quarterback with quality starting experience and two years of eligibility remaining like Buechele would want to transfer elsewhere.
For his career, Buechele has more than 4,500 passing yards and 33 total touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions. He only played in two games during the 2018 campaign, coming in relief of sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger on both occasions. Both times Buechele got game action this season was due to a lingering shoulder sprain for Ehlinger suffered against the Baylor Bears and Iowa State Cyclones.
If Buechele proved anything this year, it’s that he could still be a valuable starting quarterback with a ton of experience and a good arm. He could find himself in a situation where a lower tier Power Five program needs an immediate fix at quarterback to bridge to a better future option.
Buechele should remind a lot of people of the situation the former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow found himself in with the LSU Tigers. Burrow had two years of eligibility remaining when he transferred from Ohio State to LSU and made an immediate impact on that program.
Here’s a look at the five best potential landing spots for Texas Longhorns backup quarterback Shane Buechele if he decides to transfer this off-season.