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Texas QB pick down to Shane Buechele, Tyrone Swoopes

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas coach Charlie Strong is keeping his big secret until game day.

Strong on Monday declined to say who will start at quarterback when the Longhorns face No. 10 Notre Dame on Sunday in the 2016 season opener, declaring only that he already knows who will it will be. His choices are freshman Shane Buechele or senior Tyrone Swoopes.

Buechele was the standout of the Longhorns spring practice but Swoopes has starting experience over the past two seasons. Strong said both will play against Notre Dame, no matter which one gets the start.

It's a critical decision for the third-year coach who is 11-14 after two seasons and faces intense pressure to turn the program around and get Texas back to a bowl game.