Texas freshman quarterback Shane Buechele kicked off his season with an impressive debut against Notre Dame.
Let’s take a look at his performance with the help of some of our advanced stats…
This is the biggest area in which Texas improves with Buechele at quarterback this season.
In 2015, Tyrone Swoopes was an abysmal 6-27 on passes thrown at least 20 yards down the field (and 0-1 on Saturday). While Swoopes has a big arm, his accuracy is severely lacking down the field.
After just one game, Buechele is already a third of the way to Swoopes’ 2015 total for deep passes, after completing 2 of his 6 attempts against the Irish.
A 33 percent completion rate is slightly below average for deep passes, but two of his incompletions were drops by John Hurt.
Hurt dropped just three passes in the entire 2015 season and matched that total against Notre Dame. It was probably just a bad night, so Longhorns fans should expect the Buechele-Hurt connection to produce big numbers this season.
Handling pressure is the biggest concern for young quarterbacks, and it’s still an unknown for Buechele.
Buechele attempted just three passes under pressure, one of which was a throw away.
One of his attempts under pressure was Buechele’s lone interception on the night, which resulted in a high (although potentially catchable) pass which was picked off.
Based on this small sample size it’s just too early to have an opinion on Buechele’s ability to handle pressure.
You really can’t expect any more of a true freshman in his debut. It’s probably not fair to expect greatness from Buechele based off one game, but there’s certainly reason for hope.
We’ll continue to track Buechele’s development throughout the season, so be sure to come back to CFB Film Room for more advanced stats.