Texas Longhorns freshman quarterback Shane Buechele left Saturday night’s game against the California Golden Bears in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a chest injury after taking a hit.
He returned in the second half.
Just two weeks prior, Buechele was working as a part of a two-quarterback tandem alongside Tyrone Swoopes, who has been used primarily in running and red zone packages. But the true freshman signal caller has tossed six touchdown passes in the Longhorns’ first two wins and has seen his team skyrocket in the polls, reaching as high as 11th in the country entering Week 3.
Throwing for over 6,000 yards in high school career in Arlington, Texas, Buechele is a former four-star recruit. His father is Steve Buechele, who had a decade-long MLB career. Shane had offers on the table from numerous high-octane, prolific offensive programs on the table, such as: Arizona State, Texas Tech, TCU, Cal, Oklahoma, as well as traditional powerhouses Florida State, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin. With the Longhorns back on the upswing, and having established himself as the QB1 just weeks into his true freshman season, it seems Buechele has found the right fit for his abilities both as a passer and in the running game.
Things have escalated so quickly that even Pro Football Focus has bought into the hype, rating Buechele as the No. 2 quarterback in the country through the first two weeks of the season. Still in a tandem-style rotation with Swoopes, the expectations have been tempered by the fact that he was taken to the locker room before eventually returning to the sidelines later in the game.