Walk-ons find role in QB audition
Herman aims to be prepared if Buechele, Ehlinger go down.
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.