When Texas added Quinn Ewers to its roster last December, all of the Longhorns’ quarterback problems were supposed to melt away as the generational talent was supposed to immediately take over as QB1 and help Steve Sarkisian’s offense transcend anything that has been seen in Austin over the last decade and a half.
In fact, the vibe with Ewers was so strong that 2021’s starter, Casey Thompson, packed his belongings and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was just named the starter for 2022.
That left Hudson Card, the guy that Thompson usurped last season to become QB1, Maalik Murphy, a talented 2022 four-star prospect, and the new kid on the block, Ewers.
Well, apparently someone forgot to mention that Ewers is still a redshirt-freshman with minimal experience at the college level, and sometime it takes a bit for young guys to grasp a new system.
According to Horns247’s Chip Brown, if the 2022 season started right now, Hudson Card would be the starting quarterback in Austin, not Ewers.
Here is what Brown had to say about the quarterback battle as things stood on Thursday.
“IF the season started today, it would probably be Card starting for Texas because of his overall command of the offense, two sources close to the situation said,” Brown said. “Of course, the season does NOT start today, and there’s a big-time scrimmage on Saturday that Steve Sarkisian and the Texas coaches will use to help set the depth chart to determine who gets first-team reps — on both sides of the ball — leading up to the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 3.”
There is plenty more on the story at Horns247, but it appears that the rumors are true about Ewers struggling to separate himself from Card in fall camp. That fact has sent Texas message boards into a frenzy, and it’s not hard to see why.
Last year’s starter (Thompson) left because the prodigy (Ewers) was supposed to come in and take the job. However, the guy that was supplanted (Card) has now outperformed the prodigy (Ewers) in fall camp.
Talk about a mess. This likely isn’t the end of the battle by any means, but this isn’t how Texas’ fall camp was supposed to play out.