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Steve Sarkisian Isn’t Ready to Name Texas Starting QB

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Steve Sarkisian isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback yet. Or is he? And if he is, would he really tell anyone two weeks before the Longhorns’ season opener?

That seemed to be his ‘non-answer’ answer to a question about the battle between Casey Thompson and Hudson Card to be the Longhorns’ starting quarterback when they host Louisiana on Sept. 4.

Sarkisian’s answer, relayed by Jeff Howe at, is straight out of the Nick Saban school of media interaction, something he certainly learned from his former boss in Tuscaloosa.


“The ideal world is you know sooner rather than later. If I can put my head on the pillow tonight and know, that’s great… That doesn’t mean I have to tell you guys.”

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So, if Sarkisian knows, he’s not saying. At least not yet.

Thompson, a junior, comes into the season with more reps in regular-season action, having spelled an injured Sam Ehlinger in the Alamo Bowl and completed 8-of-10 passes for 170 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball four times for 17 yards against Colorado. His four touchdown passes tied the UT bowl game record and Alamo Bowl record. Thompson seemed to stake his claim to replace Ehlinger with that performance.

Card, a redshirt freshman, played in two games last year before donning his redshirt. He entered Texas with a higher recruiting profile than Thompson, as he was a Top 100 recruit nationally.

Texas has three tune-ups before starting Big 12 play on Sept. 25 against Texas Tech. After hosting Louisiana, the Longhorns renew their rivalry at Arkansas on Sept. 11, and then host Rice on Sept. 18.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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