Assessing 3 transfers that could make-or-break Texas football in 2022

Quinn Ewers, Texas Football
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Quinn Ewers, QB

Would there be anyone else topping this list of impact transfers for the Longhorns that could help make or break the 2022 season?

Former Texas commit and Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers will be maybe the biggest x-factor of any individual player for the Longhorns this season on either side of the ball. The redshirt freshman Ewers brings about as much raw talent to the table as a Texas fan could hope for.

But the ability of Ewers to digest the Sark offensive concepts and schemes in a short span of time could be one of the factors that really determine how good he is this fall. Ewers will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders to help right the ship for the Longhorns, especially if he’s locked in as the starting quarterback in Week 1 against Louisiana-Monroe.

The real test will arrive for Ewers in Week 2 when Sark and the Longhorns face the defending National Champion runner-up Alabama Crimson Tide at home. That will be one of the most talented defenses that Texas faces for the entire season, which presents an obvious major test for Ewers if he is the starter at that point of the campaign.

It’s clear that Ewers has all the arm talent necessary to elevate the entire Texas offense in 2022. And his ability to find success out of the gates this fall, while minimizing costly mistakes caused by poor decisions, will go a long way to determining the ceiling for Texas in the Big 12.

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At this point of the offseason, I do expect Ewers to be named the Week 1 starting quarterback against Louisiana-Monroe over junior Hudson Card. Yet, if Sark decides to play both Card and Ewers in the regular season opener on Sep. 3, that could open the door for the latter of the two quarterbacks to lose valuable snaps before the real tests arrive during the non-conference slate against Alabama and the UTSA Roadrunners.