Among the biggest storylines heading into Week 11 for No. 7 Texas football is the status of redshirt sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers. Ewers has missed the last two games for Texas after suffering a Grade 2 AC joint sprain on his right (throwing) shoulder in their Week 8 win on the road over the Houston Cougars.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy started the last two games for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns in Ewers’ absence due to the shoulder injury. He’s led Texas to a record of 2-0 in his two starts, including the close 33-30 overtime win at home at DKR in Austin on Nov. 4 over the No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats.
In a press conference last week, Sark listed Ewers as “week-to-week”.
In his postgame press conference following the win over Kansas State on Nov. 4, Sark said, “hopefully, we get Quinn back, but in the meantime, we’ll continue to pour into the things that Maalik continues to do well”.
Texas football hopeful they will get QB Quinn Ewers back vs. TCU in Week 11
Most reports have pegged Nov. 11 against the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth as the possible date for Ewers to make his return for the Longhorns after suffering the shoulder injury in Week 8.
Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods both reported late during the week that Ewers threw in practice on Nov. 2 for the Longhorns and that there “is optimism” that he could make his return to the lineup next weekend for Texas vs. TCU in Fort Worth.
Ewers’ status reportedly a coin flip if he plays vs. TCU on Nov. 11
Richardson also reported this weekend that Texas “will do its best” to get Ewers back vs. TCU next weekend. He will reportedly monitor the status of Ewers throughout the week in practice. But the chances right now that he returns vs. TCU are “50-50”.
Horns247 also reported on Nov. 5 (paid content) that “there’s a chance Ewers could be ready to go” vs. TCU in Week 11. This report also noted the Week 12 matchup on the road in Ames against the Iowa State Cyclones is “probably the more realistic timeline”.
If Ewers can’t go for the Longhorns next weekend against TCU on the road, Murphy will get his third start in a row.
Texas is 8-1 (5-1 Big 12) heading into the Week 11 matchup against TCU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12). Texas-TCU will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT on Nov. 11 under the lights at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.