Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jerrod Heard is on the move. The team’s starting signal caller from 2015 took reps at wide receiver on Wednesday, marking the third straight practice in which he was not under center.
Senior safety Kevin Vaccaro confirmed the news Wednesday evening after Horns Digest originally reported the position change on Monday. Vaccaro said he is pleased with Heard’s progression at wide receiver.
“[Heard] is an athlete as everyone knows,” Vaccaro said. “He’s really fast and he has the size. It’s good seeing us use him.”
Heard started 10 games for Texas in 2015. He shined against California on Sept. 19, setting a Longhorn record with 527 total yards in a 45–44 defeat. But Heard faltered as the season continued, and fell behind freshman Shane Buechele and senior Tyrone Swoopes on the depth chart during spring practice.
With Heard sitting as the third-string quarterback, a position change became a distinct possibility this summer. And Heard is impressing with only a few days under his belt as a receiver.
“[Heard] has adjusted pretty well,” sophomore wide receiver John Burt said. “He’s already making some good catches, I feel like this is a good spot for him.”
Texas boasts a deep receiving corps with Burt, freshman Collin Johnson and junior Armanti Foreman expected to take most of the team’s snaps at receiver. But it looks as though Heard will get his chance to contribute — out wide rather than under center.