Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger had a breakout season for Texas football, helping the Longhorns reach the upcoming Sugar Bowl, where they will face Georgia. Behind him, however, there are growing depth concerns at the position for Tom Herman's club.
Earlier today, former four-star recruit Cameron Rising added himself to the NCAA transfer portal. He isn't officially leaving the team, but he is exploring the option.
Now, one of his class and positionmates has made the same move.
According to a report by Chip Brown, another former four-star quarterback, Casey Thompson, has also added his name to the transfer portal.
Now, according to Brown at 247, Tom Herman is trying to convince his young quarterbacks to stay with the program.
According to the report, the two have different concerns about their futures within the Texas football program:
According to sources, Rising, a pro-style passer, is concerned about the structure of the Texas offense and current quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s 143 rushing attempts, while Thompson, who served as Texas' scout-team quarterback, is concerned about where he fits into the pecking order at quarterback.
Ehlinger is the clear-cut QB1 for Herman, and the team adds talented 2019 recruit Roschon Johnson, who signed with the Longhorns this week. Texas could lose three quarterbacks this off-season though.
Thompson and Rising are both at least exploring their options, while Shane Buechele, the 2016 starter who was injured for half of last season before losing the job to Ehlinger, is a potential grad transfer candidate.
One would think that at least one of Rising or Thompson would stay since Ehlinger could be a 2020 NFL Draft candidate, but this could become a very precarious situation for Herman and his staff.