The solidified backup quarterback for Texas football last season was the former four-star recruit Shane Buechele. With Ehlinger taking command of the starting role for the Texas offense behind center, Buechele was almost forced to put his name in the transfer portal. That decision to transfer looks good for him thus far.
For the better part of two years, Buechele was either the set in stone starter or a signal caller that split time for the Longhorns. He was originally a recruit of Charlie Strong, not Tom Herman. His game didn’t fit the best with Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s schemes. Especially compared to Ehlinger.
However, the fit for Buechele with head coach Sonny Dykes and the upstart SMU Mustangs looks seamless thus far. SMU is off to a 4-0 start and looks to be one of the best Group of Five teams in the nation this season. He led the Mustangs to a shocking win over the in-state rival TCU Horned Frogs in the Battle for the Iron Skillet last weekend.
On the season thus far, Buechele has 1,159 passing yards and eight total touchdowns compared to just four interceptions. One of the interceptions that he tossed this season was pretty controversial on a missed penalty call in the win over TCU.
Nonetheless, Buechele is off to a hot start with a team that could be vying for a spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl as the Group of Five representative if they keep winning like they are now.