Hudson Card was named the starter in the 2021 opener against Louisiana, going 14-21 for 224 yards and two touchdowns, adding one score on the ground.
Then, in Week 2 against Arkansas, Card was wildly ineffective, going just 8-15 for 61 yards and no scores, adding 14 tards on eight carries. Casey Thompson came in and sparked the offense after Card fumbled the ball on a strip-sack in the third quarter, leading the Horns to 14 late points in the loss.
After that, Card served as the backup to Thompson for the rest of the 2021 season and his name was pretty well forgotten. Then, Quinn Ewers came back to Texas and Casey Thompson headed to Lincoln, Nebraska, and now Card is again fighting for a starting job at quarterback.
Although Ewers comes in as one of the top quarterback prospects in recruiting history, Card says there’s not any tension between himself and the five-star talent out of Southlake Carroll.
“We make each other better. We bring the best out of each other and just having competition is good,” Card said. “You know we’re good friends and we support each other and it’s a natural competition, but it’s been good so far. Obviously, it was me and Casey’s competition last year, it’s somewhat similar this year and you know honestly I just focus on myself and what I can do. Just going in every day and doing the best that I can do and, hopefully, things will take care of itself. So I try not to worry too much about the other guy and just play the best that I can play.”
With a year of Sark’s offense under this belt already, Card points to his growth in Year 2.
“Being in the system for another year it helps a lot,” Card said. “This is my first year in college being in a system for two years so just knowing the system a little better and trying to grow obviously does help a little bit.”
“Being more comfortable in the pocket, knowing when to leave, when to stay, that’s one thing I’ve been working on,” Card said. “Being able to connect more on the deep balls which is something that we’ve been emphasizing, and then as well as just being more comfortable in the system and that takes time and reps but it’s coming along good this year.”