Texas football QB Quinn Ewers has ‘looked good’ in bowl practice

Quinn Ewers, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Bowl practice is now underway for head coach Steve Sarkisian and Texas football as they prepare for a tough matchup in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 against the No. 12 ranked Washington Huskies and first-year head coach Kalen DeBoer. Texas has some departures to deal with heading into the Alamo Bowl thanks to losses via the NCAA Transfer Portal and the NFL Draft.

Sark and the Longhorns already had a handful of players opt out of the Alamo Bowl to prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft (i.e. running backs Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson). And Texas already lost some notable names to the transfer portal including junior quarterback Hudson Card and sophomore cornerback Jamier Johnson.

The depth in the quarterback room is certainly a worthy discussion point given that Texas has lost two players at the position to the portal, including a very valuable backup with starting experience in Card.

Combine losing Card to the portal with the running back duo of Bijan and Roschon opting out of the Alamo Bowl, and you get a situation where there is a lot more pressure on redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers to perform at a high level this postseason.

After Ewers played more of a game-manager-style role at quarterback for the Longhorns in the last few games of the regular season, he’ll need to make more big-time plays to move the ball down the field as Texas gets set to face a potent Washington offense in the Alamo Bowl. Ewers will probably wind up having more passing attempts in the Alamo Bowl than he did in the last two games of the regular season combined (37).

Quinn Ewers is reportedly looking good in practice for Texas football ahead of the Alamo Bowl

Ewers’ workload is more likely to be similar to what he had against the TCU Horned Frogs and Oklahoma State Cowboys (more than 30 passing attempts in each game) than he had against the Kansas Jayhawks or Baylor Bears in the last two weeks of the regular season.

The good news here is that it sounds like Ewers has the right attitude and overall mindset heading into the Alamo Bowl. According to a report from Eric Nahlin of Inside Texas on Dec. 11 (paid content), Ewers has “looked good” in the early stages of bowl practice thus far.

Ewers reportedly looks “on target” with his throws in practice so far and is “in command” of the offense.

While Texas fans would obviously want all of these reports coming out of bowl practice to be givens for the starting quarterback, Ewers is still a freshman that is having to adjust to a newer role without having the likes of Bijan and Roschon to lean on in the bowl game. It’s good to hear that Ewers is still keeping a level head as the bowl game approaches.

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Texas heads into bowl season with a record of 8-4 (6-3 Big 12) following a 38-27 win in the regular season finale at home on Nov. 25 over Baylor. Ewers and the Longhorns will kick off against Washington in the Alamo Bowl at 8 p.m. CT on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.