Texas football makes the safe decision starting Hudson Card vs. Tech

Hudson Card, Texas football (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
Hudson Card, Texas football (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images) /

The news came early in the afternoon of Sep. 24 that the starting quarterback for No. 22 ranked Texas football in the Big 12 opener against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road in Lubbock will be junior Hudson Card. For the second straight week, Card will be the starting quarterback over the injured redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers and fellow redshirt freshman signal caller Charles Wright.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian announced on Sep. 24, ahead of kickoff between Texas and Texas Tech in Lubbock, that Card will be the starting quarterback.

That keeps with the trend of Sark either releasing the entire depth chart or waiting until right before kickoff to announce key personnel decisions.

Yet, it is worth noting that Ewers and true freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy still traveled with the Longhorns to Lubbock for this game. Ewers suffered a clavicle sprain in his non-throwing shoulder two weekends ago in the loss to the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

Texas football will start Hudson Card over Quinn Ewers in a safe decision vs. Texas Tech

We will have to wait at least one more week to see Ewers get back in action to lead this Texas offense.

Meanwhile, Sark mentioned last week that Murphy was “not healthy” in one of his press conferences. But Murphy and Ewers were both able to practice with the team this week and travel to Lubbock, which is a good sign for each respective freshman quarterback.

Card is dealing with an injury issue himself as he suffered a high ankle sprain on his right ankle against the Tide on Sep. 10. He started for the Longhorns last weekend in the convincing 41-20 win over the UTSA Roadrunners.

In his first start of the season, Card completed 15 of his 23 passing attempts for 161 passing yards, one passing touchdown, no interceptions, and 35 rushing yards on two attempts with no rushing scores. Card was solid where he needed to be for Texas in the win over UTSA.

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Texas heads into this matchup against Texas Tech with a record of 2-1 (0-0 Big 12) after the 21-point win over UTSA at home on Sep. 10. Kickoff time between Texas and Texas Tech on Sep. 24 is set for 2:30 p.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.