Texas officials said Thursday that quarterback Jerrod Heard, one of four candidates in a battle to earn the starting job in spring drills, will be sidelined indefinitely because he sustained a “minor sprain” to his throwing shoulder in Tuesday’s practice.
No timetable was given for a return to practice for Heard, who threw for 1,214 yards, rushed for 561 and accounted for eight touchdowns (five passing, three rushing) last season while sharing the starting job by Tyrone Swoopes.
Swoopes, Heard, redshirt freshman Kai Locksley and freshman Shane Buechele, an incoming freshman from Arlington Lamar who enrolled in January, are among the candidates battling for the starting job.
Texas trainer Anthony Pass said Heard has begun rehabilitation work. During a Tuesday news conference, first-year offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert said none of his candidates had emerged as the frontrunner to earn the starting quarterback job at this stage of spring practices.
Texas caps spring drills with the Orange-White game April 16 in Austin.