ARLINGTON — You heard his name over and over in Sunday night's game between the University of Texas and Notre Dame — Shane Buechele.
He's the true freshman starting quarterback who led the Texas Longhorns to a double-overtime win against a 10th-ranked ND team in his first college game ever.
His name is one many in North Texas already know well.
"It was all about Shane Buechele and the University of Texas today," said Laban DeLay, head coach at Arlington Lamar.
DeLay coached Buechele his senior year of high school.
Shane spent his high school football career playing at Arlington Lamar. He was a standout player for both his former teammates and coaches.
"It was great seeing him play, being a leader as he always is," said Arlington Lamar defensive end Bobby Brown.
"As a player, very calm, composed, nothing rattles him fearless competitor," DeLay said. "But at the same time, he is a character type of kid."
Another former coach, Trent Fuller, echoed that. He coached Shane in 9th, 10th and 11th grade. He said Burchele's performance wasn't luck; it was a sign of things to come.
Monday, our partners at the Star-Telegram interviewed Shane's father, Steve Buechele, who's a coach for the Texas Rangers. He was nearly speechless during his interview about his son's performance.
"It was unexplainable," he said. "It was such an incredible experience. I can't even explain how cool that was."
That's all anyone could talk about at Lamar's football practice Monday, too. Chance Fuller now has the role of QB, and says he texted Burchele before the game.
"I'm sure he was a little bit nervous but he didn’t show it," Fuller said. :He's just cool and calm. It's just another day for him."
Perhaps. But for football lovers, it was a day, and a game, few will soon forget.
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