Over the weekend, Texas football participated in their second full pads scrimmage of spring camp. Texas fans got some good insight into how the depth chart is starting to form together under new head coach Steve Sarkisian this spring following a few full weeks of spring practice and full pads/contact scrimmages. This is critical since the program is breaking in a new coaching staff and a largely new-look set of starters on each side of the ball.
An area where a lot of Longhorns fans hold great interest is the battle to figure out who will be the next starting quarterback. At the moment, the quarterback battle boils down to sophomore Hudson Card and redshirt junior Casey Thompson. Sark and the Longhorns can’t really get settled fully in their new-look offense until the quarterback battle is decided.
But it might be until fall camp that we know the fate of the quarterback battle between Thompson and Card. While it appears at this moment that Thompson holds the edge over Card purely in terms of who’s getting more first-team reps in practice, that could change in the blink of an eye.
It does seem like Sark was pretty cautiously optimistic about his quarterback situation following the second spring scrimmage. A report confirmed on Twitter by Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman over the weekend noted that Sark thinks the quarterbacks are still making “too many negative plays”.
Progress for the Texas football QB battle
It is expected that the Longhorns are going to get negative plays out of the quarterbacks in spring and fall camp. Thompson has more game experience under his belt compared to Card, but he’s never started a game in his college career to date.
Thompson spent the better part of the last two seasons learning under former Texas star senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Since Ehlinger actually remained mostly healthy over the course of the last two seasons, Thompson was never called upon to start in a regular season or bowl game.
Spring camp will still give these two Texas quarterbacks one more week to duke it out to figure out who will hold the edge to be the starter when it’s all said and done. But most indications at the moment would make it clear that this quarterback battle will extend into summer workouts and fall camp.
Texas finished up last season with a record of 7-3 (5-3 Big 12) under the direction of former fourth-year head coach Tom Herman. The spring football game is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. CT on April 24 at DKR.