Texas can ill-afford spring injuries that halts development of key players, especially at quarterback, which makes news of Jerrod Heard injuring his shoulder during Tuesday’s practice especially painful.
Texas announced the injury Wednesday, saying only that the sophomore from Denton Ryan is “being evaluated at this time.”
Heard’s ailment wasn’t a topic brought up Tuesday when new Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert talked to reporters for the first time this spring and announced that “nobody” holds an edge at quarterback.
Heard started 10 games last season as a redshirt freshman, replacing Tyrone Swoopes after the ugly season-opening loss at Notre Dame. However, Heard had difficultly in the passing game and failed to nail down the starting job.
He enters the spring in a three-way race with Swoopes, who will be a senior, and true freshman Shane Buechele from Arlington Lamar. Buechele enrolled in January and is participating in spring practices.
Heard threw for 1,214 yards while completing 57.9 percent of his passes. He threw five touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 556 yards, second-best on the team, and three touchdowns.