Charlie Strong and Texas are putting a new emphasis on the quarterback run game from spread this season and it’s more than likely because of the players they have at the position currently. They are adding a big time athlete at the position in Kai Locksley for this season and landed another talented runner in Shane Buechele, who is committed in their 2016 class.
Buechele is one only eighteen quarterbacks selected in the nation to compete at the upcoming Elite 11 and he’ll have the chance to distinguish himself as one of the best recruits in the nation at his position.
He’s a very good athlete with solid speed and great agility. He’s slim right now and is going to need some time in the Longhorns strength and conditioning program to add weight, but then again, the same coaching staff had Teddy Bridgewater and he got away with being rail thin his entire college career.
He has great ability as a runner and is tough to tackle in the open field because of great vision and agility. He makes a lot of tacklers miss. He is a constant threat to gain big chunk yardage with his legs if he is not contained and it’s very difficult to contain him. He does an outstanding job of escaping the rush and getting into space.
One of the reasons he is so good at escaping the rush, though, is that he focuses his eyes a bit too much on what is coming at him. Even though it allows him to scramble and make plays with his feet, he sometimes leaves plays on the field because receivers are running open and he is already thinking run. I would like to see him escape and look pass first a bit more than he does, but that could come with time.
He flashes decent arm strength and is light on his feet in the pocket, but perhaps too light at times. He is a little loose with his mechanics and doesn’t always plant and fire the football like he could. It seems to affect his deep ball as he left several short and hung them up a bit too long. Touch is great, but there was too much loft and not enough lead on many deep throws.
When I saw him be forced to be a bit more structured with his mechanics, like when he was pump faking and then letting throwing a fade, everything looked a lot tighter in terms of his footwork and delivery. That shows that it’s all there for him. The consistency is the big thing.
Like a lot of young quarterbacks, he’s pretty much a one read guy at this time. I didn’t get to see him work through progressions very often and when the first option wasn’t there, he was usually looking to take off.
I think he is a good fit for Texas wants to do with their quarterbacks and has the tools to develop into a very good player in the pocket.
I like Buechele’s long term potential for the Longhorns, but think he’ll need some time to develop as a passer before he is ready to thrive in the Big 12. After some time working with Shawn Watson I think he could end up being a very solid starter for Texas.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).