We’re 10 days away from the Big 12 football season starting and the Texas Longhorns still don’t technically have a starting quarterback. However a new report from Longhorns Country says their source confirms head coach Steve Sarkisian is “leaning toward” starting freshman Hudson Card to begin the season.
Card has been in a battle with Casey Thompson, who has been on campus for multiple seasons, waiting patiently behind Sam Ehlinger. The two split reps in spring camp, but recently, according to a separate report from Horns247’s Chip Brown, Card continued to be in front of Thompson this week in practice.
The report adds that Thompson has been splitting some reps on the second team with true freshman Charles Wright.
Card, who was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports, has played in just two games, completing 1-of-2 passes for five yards, and rushing two times for three yards in the Alamo Bowl win over Colorado last season.
Thompson shined in last season’s Alamo Bowl, when he completed just eight passes and 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.
In high school, Card played locally in Austin at powerhouse Lake Travis, where he led the team his senior season to a 13-2 record, including a district title and an appearance in the 6A Division 1 state semifinals that season.
If Hudson Card lands the job, he would be the second-straight Austin native to be the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns, as Sam Ehlinger was a Westlake HS graduate.