The biggest addition for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program out of the NCAA Transfer Portal so far this offseason came in the form of the former Ohio State Buckeyes freshman quarterback and elite five-star recruit Quinn Ewers. Texas made it an immediate priority to nab Ewers once he put his name in the transfer portal last month.
Now, the hype is already starting to build up for Ewers and the Longhorns after the 2021-22 college football season officially concluded earlier this week. With the Georgia Bulldogs topping the Alabama Crimson Tide on the night of Jan. 10 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the offseason officially began for every college football team.
When the offseason officially arrives after the National Championship Game, it also opens the door for what is essentially the first phase of “list season” for college football fans and the media. And that is the reason for the influx of “way-too-early” predictions and hype for the 2022 season.
New Texas football QB Quinn Ewers mentioned as a breakout player to watch in 2022
This is also where Ewers landed on a list from 247Sports this week “naming 10 breakout players for 2022”. Ewers was mentioned as one of the few Big 12 players that could break out next season.
Here’s more on what this piece from 247Sports this week had to say about the inclusion of Ewers among their breakout players for 2022.
After one season with the Buckeyes, Ewers elected to transfer back to the school he originally committed to. With the Longhorns, he’ll play under offensive guru Steve Sarkisian. With the combination of Sarkisian’s offense and running back Bijan Robinson, 2022 could be set up for success for the former five-star prospect. Texas could really open up Ewers’ talent and put him on the map right away.
The potential Texas could have in a big three between the likes of Ewers, star rising junior running back Bijan Robinson, and sophomore breakout wide receiver Xavier Worthy is a big reason why the Longhorns offense is getting so much hype for 2022 already.
But Texas still has to prove themselves out of the gates next season during a difficult non-conference slate. Texas is coming off a very disappointing first year under Sark as head coach, finishing up with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12) last fall and missing bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016.
Ewers is a particularly exciting addition for the Longhorns early this offseason after some of the real ups and downs that Sark had at the quarterback position last fall. It’s now Ewers’ job for the taking with former Texas starting quarterback Casey Thompson having transferred to Nebraska last week.