From backup to spring practice frontrunner, former Texas quarterback Connor Wood could be on track to getting the playing time he never had with the Longhorns.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Wood, who transferred from Texas to Colorado last August, has been taking all the first-team snaps in practice since sophomore Nick Hirschman sustained a broken foot just days before the start of spring drills and was ruled out indefinitely.
The two sophomores were expected to compete for the Buffs starting job, but with Hirschman out, Wood has been getting 50 percent of the total snaps, with the other half divided between redshirt freshmen John Schrock and Stevie Joe Dorman.
“I haven’t got this many reps since high school in terms of going with the ones,” Wood said. “It is great experience. I haven’t felt like really in charge of a team out on the field since that time when I was a senior really.”
Wood, like just about every other quarterback on UT’s roster, was highly regarded coming out of high school in 2010. But for one reason or another, Wood found himself buried in a depth chart that turned out to contain no real stand-outs. Now with the Buffs, Wood looks like he has a firm grip on the starting job — for now. Hirschman should be back in time for fall camp, at which time the starting QB job will be opened up once more.