- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Before Texas begins its first season under Charlie Strong, we're taking a deep dive into all the talent he inherits in 2014. Our Burnt Orange Breakdown series will take a closer look at each scholarship player returning this fall and what we can expect from him. We're going down the roster from No. 1 Shiro Davis all the way to No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
No. 17 Miles Onyegbule
Senior quarterback/tight end
Recruitment rewind: Texas was in the lead for nearly a year and locked up a commitment from Onyegbule at the start of its first 2010 junior day. The three-star wide receiver recruit from Arlington, Texas, chose the Longhorns over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. He played quarterback in his senior year and threw for 12 TDs and rushed for 21 more. Fun fact: As a junior, he was the go-to receiver for new TCU QB Matt Joeckel.
Career so far: Onyegbule caught four passes as a true freshman but has recorded zero receptions ever since. He moved to tight end during fall camp in 2012 (side note: one of the few times Mack Brown broke news on Twitter) and played in eight games that year. As a junior, he missed the first five games with a leg injury and ended up appearing in just two. This spring, he returned to quarterback to bolster depth and threw for 60 yards and two interceptions on 5-of-10 passing in the spring game.
Best-case scenario for 2014: Onyegbule beats out Tyrone Swoopes for the No. 2 QB job after the Texas staff elects to redshirt Jerrod Heard no matter what. The senior gets the call when David Ash goes down against Kansas, then heroically defeats Oklahoma to become not only a legend of Longhorn lore but also a national media fave. He plays game manager the rest of the way and leads Texas to a nine-win season. A parody of this song, rewritten for "Onyegbule," is produced and gains brief popularity. Onyegbule even receives a few third-place Heisman votes out of respect for the difficulty of the out-of-nowhere triumph. But, you know, that's probably a long shot.
Worst-case scenario for 2014: Now that Max Wittek isn't coming to Texas, it's possible Onyegbule sticks at quarterback and doesn't spend much time chasing snaps as a tight end. If that does end up being the case, the most likely outcome is he spends his senior season holding a clipboard on the sideline.
Future expectations: This is Onyegbule's last chance to change how he'll remember his career in burnt orange. Thus far, his total contribution in 22 games has been four catches for 51 yards. He should be commended for making the move to quarterback for the sake of the team, even if it wasn't in his best interest, and you'd hope he'll get a chance to make his mark in some way as a senior.