The talk of the town for the Texas football program and its fans right now has to do with the quarterback battle between redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers and junior Hudson Card. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian have a couple of weeks left to decide who the starting quarterback will be for this team for the regular season opener.
Sark and the Longhorns have made it through roughly half of fall camp without citing too much progress, though, in this looming quarterback competition. Coming out of the first fall scrimmage last weekend, it didn’t seem like either quarterback made much headway in terms of who got the edge to win the starting job.
Yet, it sounds like Sark does have an idea of who the next Texas starting quarterback will be. In a discussion he had with ESPN that was published on Aug. 18, Sark stated that he has “an idea” of who he thinks the starting quarterback will be for the regular season opener.
It was also noted in this piece from ESPN that Sark “doesn’t want to wait too much longer before telling the team”.
Which way is Texas football HC Steve Sarkisian leaning between Quinn Ewers and Hudson Card?
Since Sark noted at Big 12 Media Days last month that he doesn’t want to wait as long in fall camp this year compared to last offseason to name a starting quarterback, that would make sense that one would be named in the very near future.
This all looks to be building up to a very crucial second fall scrimmage for Card, Ewers, and the Longhorns this coming weekend. A solid performance from either quarterback commanding the offense in the scrimmage on Aug. 20 could wind up being the deciding factor in this competition.
Moreover, it’s hard to see either quarterback taking a really firm grip on the starting job before the season begins. In all likelihood, we will see both Ewers and Card getting a significant number of reps in the opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
Texas is definitely going to have to find at least something close to the answer at quarterback, though, ahead of the massive Week 2 matchup at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Whether that be Ewers or Card taking the reigns of the offense at this point of the regular season, at least one of these two quarterbacks must lead the way if this team wants a chance against the Crimson Tide on Sep. 10.
I wouldn’t doubt that Sark has a strong idea at this point of fall camp as to which quarterback he prefers to start in Week 1 against ULM. But the fact of the matter is that Card has stuck around in this quarterback competition for a lot longer than most originally anticipated, myself included.
While the reason for Card sticking around this long in the quarterback competition mostly has to do with the mistakes Ewers keeps making in camp, it’s still pretty impressive to see the junior signal-caller legitimately vying for starting reps this close to the opener.
Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Sark and the Longhorns will open up the 2022 regular season at home on Sep. 3 against Louisiana-Monroe, with kickoff time set for 7 p.m. CT.