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Texas’ Shane Buechele wins QB challenge at Manning Passing Academy

Shane Buechele

Texas QB Shane Buechele is entering his sophomore season with the Longhorns, but still isn’t even technically the starting quarterback for the 2017 season. However, Buechele had a big weekend in Louisiana at Nicholls State University. Buechele beat some of the best players in the country to win the QB challenge at the Manning Passing Academy.

The Manning Passing Camp is hosted every summer by Archie, Peyton, Cooper and Eli Manning, and welcomes some of the best quarterbacks across the nation to attend and compete.

This year’s list of attendees at this year’s Manning Passing Academy included Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Arkansas’ Austin Allen, Georgia’s Jacob Eason, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson, TCU’s Kenny Hill, USC’s Sam Darnold, Washington’s Jake Browning and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.

Obviously head coach Tom Herman was thrilled about the news.

During his true freshman season, Buechele threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 21 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Overall, there were far for positives than negatives for Buechele. But that hasn’t stop some from being ready to move on from the rising sophomore in favor 4-star freshman Sam Ehlinger. I don’t get that and I’m not a fan of it. Buechele may not have as much dual-threat ability as Ehlinger, which Herman has preferred over his career, but Buechele should be the starter this fall for the Longhorns.

If, after given ample opportunity to succeed, and failing, then I’d be OK seeing what Ehlinger can do. But considering Buechele was leading a mediocre team last year as a true freshman, I firmly believe he had a helluva season and should be the starter when Week 1 comes around this fall.

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