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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Texas Longhorns will be without starting quarterback Shane Buechele on Saturday against the San Jose State Spartans. He’s still nursing an injury to his throwing shoulder.

First-year Texas head coach Tom Herman waited until pregame to make the announcement. Freshman Sam Ehlinger will start in place of Buechele.

Shane Buechele (Getty Images)

Shane Buechele (Getty Images)

In addition, wide receiver Jerrod Heard, who previously started 10 games at quarterback in 2015, will be the backup. Ehlinger is the 10th true freshman to start at quarterback for Texas.

After the Longhorns loss to the Maryland Terrapins, Labor Day weekend, Buechele woke up with soreness in his shoulder. He did not practice at all this week.

Herman, the former Houston head coach, said on Thursday during his weekly radio show that he compares this injury to one that Greg Ward Jr. had last season.

“If you throw as much as Shane has over his lifetime, your shoulder is not going to be perfect in there,” Herman said. “You’re going to have some frayed ligaments and some irritation here and there. You get hit on it just right and it ticks a lot of things off in there. One of the body’s mechanisms when it gets ticked off is kind of shut down some of the muscles. The deltoid muscle right now is a little weak.”

Ehlinger has been preparing for this start all week. He’s taking the first-team reps, while Buechele has been sidelined.

“It’s been good for Same to get all those physical reps because as the No. 2 quarterback you just don’t do that,” Herman said. “You get about a half to a third of the reps that starter gets.”

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