Texas football QB Quinn Ewers will start Red River vs. OU

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

The news that a lot of Texas football fans were wanting to hear finally arrived on the afternoon of Oct. 6. According to a report from Pete Thamel of ESPN on Oct. 6, Texas will get redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers back as the starter for the Red River Rivalry game on Oct. 8 against new head coach Brent Venables and the Oklahoma Sooners.

This is fantastic to hear as head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns will get their uber-talented quarterback back in the lineup after he missed three consecutive games.

Ewers suffered a clavicle sprain on Sep. 10 against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Since Ewers was knocked out of the game near the end of the first quarter against the Tide a few weeks ago, junior quarterback Hudson Card took the starting reps.

Card started the last three games for the Longhorns, posting a record of 2-1 (1-1 Big 12) during that timeframe.

Yet, Ewers started to take some of the first-team reps at quarterback, splitting the workload at the position with Card in practice in the last week and a half or so.

Texas football will get freshman QB Quinn Ewers back vs. OU

Moreover, Ewers got to play in a little less than five quarters for Texas prior to exiting the Alabama game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. He definitely looked the part of a star quarterback that could take this Texas offense to the next level in the one quarter he did play in against Alabama on Sep. 10.

This is also very reassuring news for the Longhorns, especially given the state of Oklahoma’s quarterback room coming into Red River this year. Oklahoma had a detrimental quarterback injury of its own last weekend when redshirt junior Dillon Gabriel suffered what looked to be an apparent concussion in the blowout loss in Fort Worth to the TCU Horned Frogs.

We don’t have a firm status update yet on Gabriel, but there is plenty of uncertainty in that Oklahoma QB room at the moment.

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Texas carries a record of 3-2 (1-1 Big 12) following a convincing 38-20 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers at home at DKR on Oct. 1. Ewers and the Longhorns will kick off at 11 a.m. CT at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 8 against the Sooners in Red River.