Walk-ons find role in QB au­di­tion

Her­man aims to be pre­pared if Buechele, Eh­linger go down.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Danny Davis daniel­d­avis@states­man.com

Un­til Tom Her­man names a starter, the bat­tle be­tween quar­ter­backs Shane Buechele and Sam Eh­linger will at­tract plenty of at­ten­tion.

Buechele, the sopho­more who started ev­ery game last sea­son, and Eh­linger, the four-star fresh­man, aren’t the only quar­ter­backs on the Texas ros­ter, though.

The Longhorns ros­ter, which was made avail­able this week to the me­dia, lists sopho­more Josh Covey and fresh­men Jimmy Mor­ton and Blake Nevins as quar­ter­backs. They’re all walk-ons.

The 2016 sea­son was lit­tered with na­tional sto­ries of for­mer walk-ons who de­vel­oped into stars. Baker May­field, a 2013 Lake Travis grad­u­ate who won the start­ing job at Ok­la­homa and Texas Tech after walk­ing onto both teams, was a Heisman Tro­phy finalist. Wash­ing­ton State’s Luke Falk moved within 411 yards of his school’s ca­reer pass­ing mark. UCLA’s Mike Fafaul threw 12 touchdown passes.

Don’t ex­pect those rags-toriches tales to be told at Texas this fall.

Sopho­more Josh Covey is one of three walkons on UT’s quar­ter­back depth chart.

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