The quest for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game and to remain in the thick of the College Football Playoff conversation continues for No. 7 Texas football in Week 11 on the road in Fort Worth against the TCU Horned Frogs. Texas got some good news this week in head coach Steve Sarkisian’s press conference on Nov. 9 regarding the status of one of their top starters entering Week 11.
Sark announced on Nov. 9 that redshirt sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers will get the start vs. TCU on Nov. 11 after missing the last two games due to a shoulder injury. Redshirt freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy started the last two games for the Longhorns in Ewers’ absence, leading Texas to a 2-0 record against the BYU Cougars on Oct. 28 and No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats on Nov. 4.
Texas football QB Quinn Ewers starting vs. TCU on the road in Week 11
Getting Ewers back is a big boost for a Longhorns team that needs a steady performance on offense this weekend in a road game night environment against TCU. The TCU faithful will surely be rowdy as they look for their team to send the Longhorns to the SEC with a loss in the final meeting between these two teams as Big 12 foes.
There were questions this week regarding how healthy Ewers is heading into the TCU game in Week 11. From what it sounds like from what Sark said in his various press conferences this week and from a few practice reports in the last few days, Ewers definitely seems to be trending in the right direction.
Sark did say in his Thursday press conference that Ewers “hasn’t been limited in any way” in practice this week.
A report from Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods on Nov. 10 (subscriber content) essentially reaffirms what Sark said in his press conference on Thursday. Richardson reported that Ewers “killed it” in practice on Nov. 9 while not being limited in throwing drills.
Ewers ready to return to the lineup vs. TCU
Sark talked about Ewers’ mentality entering Week 11 against TCU in his press conference this week.
"“There’s one thing about Quinn when he gets into game-plan mode, he’s really dialed in and focused on what he needs to do. Quinn is a highly competitive young man, and visiting with him today, I know he’s excited about the opportunity to get back out there.”"
Ewers is dialed in and focused for his first start since the Week 8 matchup against the Houston Cougars on the road. It’s probably no coincidence that Ewers returns to the lineup when the Longhorns are playing a road game right next to where he grew up in the DFW Metroplex.
He played his high school football at Southlake, just up the road from Fort Worth and Amon G. Carter Stadium in DFW.
Texas (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) is looking for its fourth consecutive win with Ewers back at quarterback against a TCU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) team that looks to halt a two-game losing streak. Texas-TCU kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT on Nov. 11 on ABC.