Shane Buechele
No. 6 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-01-08) January 8, 1998 (age 24)
Arlington, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Lamar (Arlington)
College:
Undrafted:2021
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-AAC (2019)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Shane Buechele (born January 8, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas before transferring to SMU.

Early years

Buechele attended Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, where he was a star in both football and baseball.[1] During his career as a quarterback, he passed for 6,379 yards with 73 touchdowns and rushed for 1,805 yards and 21 touchdowns. Buechele was ranked among the top quarterback recruits in his class and was invited to the Elite 11 quarterback competition where he impressed the coaches with his accuracy, eventually finishing second overall.[2] Despite growing up in a pro-Oklahoma Sooner household, Buechele committed to rival Texas to play college football.[3][4][5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Shane Buechele
QB
Arlington, Texas Lamar High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Dec 12, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4/5 stars
   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 81
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Texas Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 9, 2017.

College career

Texas Longhorns

Buechele competed with Tyrone Swoopes for the Longhorns' starting quarterback job his freshman year in 2016.[6][7][8] After winning the job, he started his first career game against 10th-ranked Notre Dame, making him only the second true freshman to ever start at QB for Texas and the first since Bobby Layne in 1944.[9] Buechele led the unranked Longhorns to a 50–47 double overtime victory in what was the first-ever overtime game in Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium.[citation needed] The game was widely regarded as an instant classic.[10] Buechele finished with 280 yards on 16 for 26 passing for 2 touchdowns and one interception. In a week 10 battle against West Virginia, Buechele passed Colt McCoy for most passing yards by a freshman in school history. Buechele finished his freshman season with 2,958 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.[11]

Buechele started in Texas' first game of the 2017 season, a 51–41 loss to Maryland.[12] In that game he set career highs for completions, attempts and yards. However, due to various injuries, he was replaced by backup quarterback Sam Ehlinger in subsequent games against San Jose State and USC. Buechele returned to lead Texas over Iowa State, but then injuries again sidelined him in losses in the next two games, against Kansas State and Oklahoma, though he did take the field briefly in the latter. He returned to start against Baylor, TCU and Kansas, losing only the TCU game.[13] He then started the West Virginia game, but only played the first two series before being benched for Ehlinger. Buechele finished the season as Ehlinger's backup in games against Texas Tech and Missouri.

In 2018, Buechele saw action in only two games, therefore redshirting that season. Against Baylor he replaced an injured Ehlinger after game officials made Ehlinger leave because his right (throwing) hand was bleeding. Ehlinger had an injured shoulder and never returned. Buechele led the Longhorns to a 23–17 victory. Against Iowa State, Ehlinger again injured his shoulder, this time in the second half. Buechele again replaced him in another Longhorn win. This time he merely needed to hold on to the lead, throwing 10 for 10 for 89 yards and a touchdown.

SMU Mustangs

Buechele transferred to Southern Methodist University after graduating from Texas in the spring, replacing Ben Hicks who transferred to the University of Arkansas.[14] Buechele started for the Mustangs in their first game of the season at Arkansas State. He finished the game with 30 completions out of 49 attempts for 360 yards with one interception in the 37–30 victory.[15]

Statistics

Season GP Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
Texas Longhorns
2016 12 236 391 60.4 2,958 21 11 136.0 96 161 1.7 2
2017 9 137 213 64.3 1,405 7 4 126.8 62 99 1.6 2
2018 2 30 44 68.2 273 2 1 130.8 10 8 0.8 0
SMU Mustangs
2019 13 307 490 62.7 3,929 34 10 148.8 64 105 1.6 2
2020 10 242 370 65.4 3,095 23 6 152.9 58 105 1.8 2
Career[16] 46 952 1,508 63.1 11,660 87 32 142.9 290 478 1.6 8

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
30+14 in
(0.77 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.95 s 1.74 s 2.86 s 4.60 s 7.34 s 30.0 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
All values from Pro Day[17][18][19]

After going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, Buechele signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2021.[20] He was waived on August 31, 2021.[21] The following day he was signed to their practice squad.[22] He was elevated from the practice squad on November 16, 2021.[23]

Personal life

Buechele's father, Steve, played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1985 to 1995 and is currently a TV analyst for the Texas Rangers.[24]

References

  1. ^ "Sayles: Baseball's in their blood, but they're picking football". ESPN.com. August 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Shane Buechele shines at Elite 11".
  3. ^ "From medical science flub to Texas' godsend -- how QB Shane Buechele crossed Red River lines to give UT hope". Dallas News. August 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Autullo, Ryan. "Four-star quarterback Shane Buechele commits to Longhorns for 2016". Austin American-Statesman.
  5. ^ Johnson, Chris. "Is Shane Buechele Texas's long-awaited QB answer?".
  6. ^ "Freshman Shane Buechele looking like Texas' QB solution". ESPN.com. April 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Finger, Mike (July 20, 2016). "Official or not, Shane Buechele looking like UT's quarterback". Chron.
  8. ^ "Texas might start a true freshman QB". April 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Texas starts Buechele at QB against Notre Dame". ESPN.com. September 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Unforgettable Win, Unforgettable Night, For Texas". ESPN.com.
  11. ^ "Shane Buechele 2016 Game Log - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". sportsreference.com.
  12. ^ "Maryland vs. Texas – Game Summary – September 2, 2017". espn.com.
  13. ^ "Freshman QB Sam Ehlinger impresses as Shane Buechele sits with injury". espn.com.
  14. ^ Trotter, Jake (February 7, 2019). "Former Texas QB Shane Buechele announces transfer to SMU". espn.com. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  15. ^ "SMU vs. Arkansas State – Game Summary – August 31, 2019". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  16. ^ "Shane Buechele College Stats". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Shane Buechele Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  18. ^ "Shane Buechele, Southern Methodist, QB, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  19. ^ "Shane Buechele 2021 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  20. ^ McMullen, Matt (May 13, 2021). "Here's a Look at the Chiefs' Undrafted Free Agent Class". Chiefs.com. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  21. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves to Meet NFL-Mandated 53 Players". Chiefs.com.
  22. ^ "Chiefs sign 14 players to practice squad". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. September 2, 2021.
  23. ^ "Chiefs signing Shane Buechele to active roster". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. November 16, 2021.
  24. ^ Sports, Fox. "Rangers Insider: Steve and Shane Buechele".