Texas announced on Wednesday night that Longhorns QB Shane Buechele will undergo hip surgery this week on an injury sustained during last month’s Texas Bowl.
Buechele split reps with Sam Ehlinger in the Texas Bowl win over Missouri, going 6 of 14 for 55 passing yards and three rushes for 12 yards. The sophomore QB began the season as the starter, but ended up splitting time with Ehlinger.
He finished the season completing 64.3% of his passes for 1,405 yards and seven touchdowns to four interceptions. He also ran for two scores.
Buechele has dealt with several injuries the past few months. He suffered a bruised shoulder in the season opener against Maryland and then a sprained ankle against Iowa State.
The good news is that Buechele is expected to recover and be ready for spring practice, which begins on Monday, March 5th.
The quarterback position remains in flux for the Longhorns. Both Buechele and Ehlinger had their moments, but they also each had times when they struggled. Granted, their weak offensive line didn’t help their cause much, but the two will likely remain in a quarterback battle through the spring.
The Longhorns do have a pair of true freshman quarterbacks coming in as part of the Class of 2018. 4-star pro-style QB Cameron Rising and 4-star dual-threat QB Casey Thompson both signed as part of the early signing period.