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Golden: Starting Jerrod Heard at QB versus Kansas would serve two purposes for Texas

Posted November 7th, 2017

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

On Jerrod Heard as the Longhorns’ quarterback:

Why not Jerrod Heard? Kirk Bohls asked Tom Herman as much at Monday’s media availability.

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With Shane Buechele banged up and ineffective behind that patchwork offensive line and Sam Ehlinger battling the effects of a concussion, the Horns could use a wild card at quarterback.

Some of you have ripped this columnist for writing that Heard should play more behind center and to you I pose this question: can he do any worse than the others? Kansas comes to town Saturday and the 2017 Jayhawks are as bad or worse than the team that brought an unceremonious end to the Charlie Strong era at Texas.

Heard would serve two purposes: he would allow the two other quarterbacks a week to heal up in time for West Virginia and Texas Tech, the two games that will define this season. He would also give the Jayhawks fits in the open field, that is if Herman expands his package beyond three plays.

Jerrod Heard already has win versus Kansas as a starting quarterback. He lead the Longhorns to a 23-9 win over the Jayhawks in 2015. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman)

Which brings us to the biggest gripe: Herman apparently doesn’t deem Heard impactful enough to consider playing him beyond the role of the brutally predictable Wildcat run off tackle.

“I think starting Jerrod, the issue with him is always going to be dependent on the health status of the other two,” he said. “You know, when you start the season with two scholarship quarterbacks, two trained scholarship quarterbacks, that’s what happens.”

Memo to Herman: Heard was once a scholarship quarterback who earned U.S. Army High School All-American status after leading Denton Guyer to consecutive Class 4A championships. He’s in the athletic mode of Greg Ward Jr. who was the best offensive player on Herman’s Houston Cougars that went 22-4 over his two seasons.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick to the Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, click here.

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