Texas football vs. UTSA: 4 bold predictions for Week 3

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Charles Wright tallies up three total touchdowns

All eyes could be on the former three-star Iowa State Cyclones commit and redshirt freshman quarterback Charles Wright this weekend against the Roadrunners. If junior quarterback Hudson Card is unable to get the start against UTSA, it will be the Wright show at home on Saturday night.

Wright took most of the first-team reps in practice through Sep. 13 in game-week preparation for UTSA. We’ve also seen the former walk-on and three-star recruit Cole Lourd taking some of the quarterback reps in practice with Card limited due to the ankle injury.

At this point, it seems very likely that we see Wright at least taking a good number of snaps at quarterback against UTSA this weekend.

Wright doesn’t have many offensive snaps under his belt throughout his collegiate career to date. He also doesn’t have a single passing attempt under his belt.

But there will be an opportunity on Sep. 17 for Wright to prove what he can do in a bright spotlight against a good team in UTSA. While I don’t think Sark is going to put the game in Wright’s hands this weekend, we could see him try to stretch the field on a few plays.

Wright had a good deep ball from what we can see on film and what he showed at camps and combines coming out of Austin High a couple of years ago. And with how much Texas is going to rely on the ground game this weekend, I could see Wright getting a few chances to get deep balls to the likes of star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy and redshirt freshman wide receiver Casey Cain. Maybe Sark will even try to work in true freshman wide receiver Brenen Thompson in the near future.

All told, there’s a good chance that Wright will have to finish off at least a couple of drives with some passing touchdowns to some of his short-game threats. And Sark should trust him enough to at least get off a few deep balls against a UTSA secondary that showed some inconsistency in the last two weeks.

In fact, UTSA is one of just nine FBS teams that have allowed at least four passing plays of 40+ yards so far this season (per CFB Stats). Army even found their way through the Roadrunner secondary for a couple of deep passes last weekend. Wright should be able to do the same if he gets some opportunities with Worthy deep.