3 Texas football that benefit most from Quinn Ewers starting this fall

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A massive announcement came out on Aug. 19 indicating that redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers will be the starting quarterback for Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian coming out of fall camp. The news came to light on the afternoon of Aug. 19 that Ewers won the starting quarterback job over junior Hudson Card.

This announcement also comes a little more than 24 hours before the Longhorns are set to hold the second scrimmage of fall camp. And many people figured that Sark and the Longhorns would wait at least until after the second fall scrimmage on Aug. 20 to name the starting quarterback.

But most Texas fans were appeased by Ewers getting the nod as the starting quarterback heading into the weekend. Since this was figured to be the move for the Longhorns really since Sark and his staff nabbed a commitment out of the NCAA Transfer Portal from Ewers last winter, this has to be considered positive news for the Texas faithful.

Which Texas football skill position players benefit from having Quinn Ewers as the starter?

There are also some Longhorns players that are bound to benefit from the raw talent that Ewers brings to the table at the quarterback position. Here’s a look at three of them.

Brenen Thompson, WR

Some of the freshmen in the receiving corps will be relied upon more heavily right away than originally anticipated this fall. Thanks to the suspension of redshirt freshman wide receiver Agiye Hall and the season-ending injury to redshirt sophomore Isaiah Neyor, true freshmen wideouts such as Brenen Thompson and Savion Red will be trusted into the spotlight quicker than originally thought.

Thompson was one of this duo of true freshmen wideouts that was expected to get more early reps, though. But it also looks like both Thompson and Red are going to have various roles on offense and special teams.

Of these two freshmen wideouts, though, Thompson is the one that should benefit the most from having Ewers as the starter at the quarterback position. Thompson is a very potent deep threat in the passing game thanks to his insane open-field speed and acceleration off the snap. With that raw arm talent that Ewers brings to the table, Thompson is definitely going to be maximized in this regard.

In seeing what we have from Thompson so far this offseason, and from watching his high school and camp film, I think Ewers is the right fit to really help his game flourish. Ewers’ ability to make all the throws will be able to get Thompson out in space and let him do his thing with that track speed.

Where Thompson still needs to improve is in terms of his ability to move in tight space, and thus fight to make some contested catches. Given the way that Card goes through his reads and is limited in terms of taking the top off opposing defenses, it’s easy to see why Ewers getting the starting nod benefits Thompson’s skill set.