Analyzing Texas football’s 3 most important offensive players in 2022

Quinn Ewers, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Quinn Ewers, QB

There is no one else that will be a bigger x-factor for the Longhorns on the offensive side of the ball this fall than the former perfect-rated recruit and redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers. The former Ohio State Buckeyes transfer was named the starting quarterback for Sark and the Longhorns a little more than one week ago.

And it sounds like Ewers has really settled in and is starting to look more and more confident in practice in the week or so since he was named the starting quarterback over junior Hudson Card.

This is good news if Ewers is showing more confidence and comfort in this offensive system heading into the opener next weekend. Ewers has a lot to digest before truly getting tossed out to the wolves when Texas faces the defending National Champion runner-up Alabama in Week 2.

However, Texas is going to have a much higher ceiling on the offensive side of the ball this season with Ewers taking the reigns than his counterpart Card. The insane arm talent that Ewers brings to the table gives him the ability to make all the throws and theoretically execute all the concepts necessary to make Sark’s offense operate at or near peak efficiency.

The problem that Texas is going to face this fall is well documented. But it is a reality that the Longhorns are going to have to be patient through some of the freshman mistakes that Ewers works through this fall.

It wouldn’t be surprising to me if Ewers winds up throwing a double-digit number of interceptions this season. He has shown the tendency at times this offseason to trust his arm a little too much, which can get him in trouble, especially when he doesn’t go through his proper reads and makes a poorly-timed through between the numbers.

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Texas will get the good with the bad with Ewers this fall. And if Ewers can at least come close to living up to the hype this season, we’re going to see more highs than lows from him when it’s all said and done.