Fall camp is now well underway for new head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program this week. Now less than one month away from kick-off of the 2021 regular season, which comes on Sep. 4 against Louisiana at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, fall camp is a critical point in the offseason for Sark and his staff.
A key storyline that a lot of Longhorns fans are watching in the midst of the start of fall camp is what happens with the looming quarterback battle. Sark and the Longhorns are attempting to replace the departed senior star quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The four-year starter Ehlinger was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
The two quarterbacks vying for the starting job in fall camp for Sark this year are redshirt junior Casey Thompson and sophomore Hudson Card. Thompson was presumed to have the slight edge in this quarterback battle heading into fall camp, but the margin for error was not large.
Hudson Card standing out, but doesn’t have the full edge yet in the Texas football QB battle
But according to a report from Horns247 (paid content) on Aug. 7, Card is actually the more impressive of the two quarterbacks in this position battle early in fall camp. Where Card is reportedly gaining the edge is with the accuracy of his ball in non-contact and non-pads drills.
This narrative could change between Thompson and Card once pads and contact drills are added in fall practice. That is where either Thompson or Card could really separate themselves in the race to win the starting job for Week 1 against Louisiana.
Spring ball showed that Card could spin a better ball in non-contact drills, though. So this is nothing new in the battle between Thompson and Card. We’ll just see if Card can hold this edge for good through the end of fall camp.
Texas finished up last season with a record of 7-3 (5-3 Big 12) under the direction of former head coach Tom Herman. It will either be Card or Thompson that gets the starting job to run this new-look offense under Sark this fall.