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Miles Onyegbule working at quarterback for Texas
The failed tight end could provide needed depth at another position.
There have been rumors over the last several weeks that senior Miles Oneygbule as been taking reps at quarterback for the Texas Longhorns in workouts, a belief confirmed by Onyegbule's Twitter account.
The bio for the Arlington product says that he's a quarterback at Texas, the position that he played during his senior year of high school.
After catching passes from eventual Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel as a sophomore and junior, Onyegbule made the move to signal caller for his last prep season and completed 98-of-170 passes (57.6%) for 1,267 yards, 12 touchdowns, and seven interceptions (4.1% INT rate). Onyegbule also added 1,524 yards on 185 carries and 21 touchdowns on the ground.
A three-star prospect by Rivals out of high school, Onyegbule was the other wide receiver take in the 2011 class along with Jaxon Shipley as the staff opted to pass on other in-state prospects like Whitehouse's Trey Metoyer, a more highly-rated player who had academic issues out of high school and was eventually dismissed from the Oklahoma program because of legal issues.
Even as an early pledge at the first Junior Day in 2010, Onyegbule held offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Tulsa by the end of his recruitment -- despite his three-star ranking, he was reasonably well-regarded by coaches evaluating him.
Once he got to Texas, however, it quickly became apparent that the 6'4, 210-pounder was a tweener because he wasn't fast enough for the wide receiver position and wasn't big enough to play tight end. However, he did contribute some as a freshman, including a third-down conversion on the game-winning drive against Texas A&M.
Since then, Onyegbule hasn't caught a pass for the Horns, in part because of injuries that kept him out of eight games total after the move to tight end.
An attrition candidate entering his final season, the move to quarterback may provide some extra life for the 235-pounder.
In high school, Onyegbule was an extremely raw passer ($) whose footwork was often lacking. However, his decent athleticism made him a true dual threat with some lateral ability in traffic and enough speed to consistently break off big plays, though defenders with angles and any athleticism were able to catch him from beyond.
On the run, his ability to move out of the pocket, but keep his eyes downfield to make plays was one of his strengths and although his mechanics will need some work from the ground up, there's enough arm talent on film to suggest that he could play the position in college, with some evidence of touch on intermediate routes and arm strength on shorter routes into smaller windows.
In all likelihood, however, Onyegbule will never see the field at quarterback for Texas, even if he does end up sticking at the position and remains with the program in the fall.
So the only real news here is that if the Longhorns don't land USC graduate transfer Max Wittek or take former Houston Cougars quarterback Bram Kohlhausen as a walk on, there is another option there behind David Ash, Tyrone Swoopes, and Jerrod Heard, helping the team reach the ideal number of four scholarship quarterbacks.
As such, it provides some relief from worst-case scenarios, but probably not anything more than that.
(h/t dmloken at Inside Texas)
2014 Big 12 Awards: Rick Barnes Named Coach of the Year, Five Longhorns Honored
What a difference a year makes...
A year after missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time at Texas, Rick Barnes was named the Big 12's Coach of the Year today for leading one of the youngest teams in the country to a surprising 11 conference wins and 3rd place finish after losing its top four scorers from a year ago. It was the fourth time Barnes has been honored by his colleagues as Coach of the Year, tying him with Kansas' Bill Self for the most in Big 12 history.
The Longhorns were well represented in the player awards, as well, with Jonathan Holmes being named 2nd Team All Big 12 and Isaiah Taylor, Cam Ridley, and Javan Felix all garnering Honorable Mention. Demarcus Holland joined Ridley on the All Big 12 Defensive Team, while Taylor earned a spot on the All Newcomer Team. (How Taylor wasn't a unanimous selection on the All Newcomer Team is a mystery to me.)
The Big 12 regular season awards were voted on by the conference's coaches, who could not vote for themselves or any of their players.
Big 12 Player of the Year: Melvin Ejim (Iowa State)
Defensive Player of the Year: Joel Embiid (Kansas)
Newcomer of the Year: DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)
Freshman of the Year: Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
Sixth Man of the Year: Tyler Neal (OU), Phil Forte (OSU)
Coach of the Year: Rick Barnes (Texas)
All Big 12 First Team: Melvin Ejim (ISU), Andrew Wiggins (KU), Marcus Smart (OSU), DeAndre Kane (ISU), Juwan Staten (WVU)
All Big 12 Second Team: Joel Embiid (KU), Marcus Foster (KSU), Buddy Hield (OU), Jonathan Holmes (UT), Markel Brown (OSU)
All Big 12 Third Team: Cory Jefferson (BU), Georges Niang (ISU), Perry Ellis (KU), Cameron Clark (OU), Jaye Crockett (TTU)
All Big 12 Honorable Mention: Isaiah Austin (BU), Wayne Selden Jr. (KU), Naadir Tharpe (KU), Thomas Gipson (KSU), Will Spradling (KSU), Ryan Spangler (OU), Le'Bryan Nash (OSU), Kyan Anderson (TCU), Javan Felix (UT), Cameron Ridley (UT), Isaiah Taylor (UT), Eron Harris (WVU).