The Texas Longhorns have a battle at the quarterback position for the first time in years. After Sam Ehlinger passed on using his free year of eligibility, the Longhorns moved on to two highly-regarded options in Casey Thompson and Hudson Card.
But with spring practice in the rearview mirror and now all the attention focused on the summer and fall, new Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian doesn’t appear any closer to making a decision in his quarterback battle, saying on Wednesday, “I didn’t feel like 15 spring practices was enough to say, ‘You’re the starter, you’re the backup.’”
Sarkisian went on to say it’ll be a gut feeling for him on whether the Longhorns will go with Thompson or Card to start the 2021 college football season.
For what it’s worth, Sarkisian did add that both Thomson and Card are on the leadership council for the Longhorns.
Casey Thompson had an impressive showing in the Alamo Bowl. Even though he completed just eight passes, he threw for an incredible 170 yards and four touchdowns in a quarter and a half of work. Thompson has patiently waited his turn and even his brother insinuated it was time for Sam Ehlinger to move on after the 2020 season, as Thompson is heading into his fourth season on campus. He was a Top 15 dual-threat QB coming out in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports.
Then there’s Hudson Card, who was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports. He hasn’t had many reps, but certainly has an incredibly high ceiling as a talent prospect.
These two guys are both talented, and it’s likely to come down to who Sarkisian feels is a better fit for his system and who is more likely to pick up his system more quickly.
But until there is an announcement, this is the biggest personnel decision in the Big 12 for the remainder of the offseason.