As has become customary, Texas will spend another offseason trying to find a starting quarterback.
Sterlin Gilbert's search for a leader to run his offense will be the biggest storyline of Texas' offseason. The first-year offensive coordinator has five scholarship players to pick from to run his Art Briles-inspired veer-and-shoot offense.
Returning starter Jerrod Heard will probably get the first look. The rising sophomore provided a spark last season with his dual-threat ability, but intermediate accuracy is a major obstacle for his potential in this offense. As Inside Texas' Ian Boyd mentioned, Heard has a long way to go in terms of decision-making and getting the ball out with velocity.
Instead, Boyd offers up redshirt freshman Matthew Merrick as an interesting alternative. Merrick's a good athlete with a big arm, which certainly gives him the potential to seize the job. If he can grasp the reads he'll be required to make in this offense, there's a chance he'll run away with it.
Obviously who becomes QB1 will engross the Spring but it won't be settled then. Been told to not dismiss Merrick. Smooth delivery, big arm.
@EricNahlin, 11 Dec 2015
And, of course, there's early enrollee Shane Buechele. The true freshman is one of the best pure throwers in the 2016 class, and his tape shows some deceptive athleticism. But even as an early enrollee, it's hard to imagine Strong entrusting his future to a freshman unless Buechele leaves no doubt.
It's anyone's guess how this battle goes, but these are the three names to watch.