Why Oklahoma State's Walsh thinks Jerrod Heard will be big hit

BY foxsports • June 14, 2015

If Texas Longhorns fans don't yet know what to make of quarterback Jerrod Heard, the redshirt freshman has at least two fans who believe he's going to be good, really good.

Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh and his father, high school football coach John Walsh, are certain Heard will become the Longhorns' answer under center. Heard followed up J.W. Walsh at Denton Guyer High School, located about 35 miles northwest of Dallas, where he helped John Walsh lead Guyer to two state championships.

"He’s a baller," J.W. Walsh recently told ESPN. "He’s one of those guys that gets in a game, he makes plays. I remember watching him in high school, and you’re just in awe of some of the stuff he does."

Of course at the moment, Heard isn't even guaranteed of playing in 2015. Junior Tyrone Swoopes is the incumbent, albeit a shaky one after a rough first year as the starter. Swoopes continued to hold the edge through spring workouts until Heard made a late charge and showed positive signs in Texas' spring game.

Heard would seem the better fit in Texas' new up-tempo, spread offense, and coach Charlie Strong hasn't ruled out using both quarterbacks. 

But what both Walsh men see most in Heard is what Texas didn't get out of Swoopes in 2014 -- making big plays in big moments.

"I can go back to several games, like when we were down 16 in the title game, and he just completely takes over,” John Walsh told ESPN. "I hate to make the comparison, but it makes you remember Vince Young being able to take over a game with his moxie.

"I think that knack for making the big play will get the 100,000 fans [at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium] behind him real quick."

That's high praise for a player who has yet to take an actual game snap. But it's also encouraging words for Longhorns fans desperate to root for a reliable signal-caller.

(h/t ESPN)


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