As Steve Sarkisian and the seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns prepare to defend their home field against Chris Klieman and the No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats, one player who won’t be suiting up is sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers.
Ewers suffered a sprained AC joint injury in the Longhorns’ Week 8 matchup against Houston and was expected to miss some time. ESPN’s Pete Thamel joined College GameDay to discuss Ewers’ health and mentioned that while he will miss Saturday’s game against Kansas State, he could be back for the Longhorns’ Week 11 matchup against TCU.
“Yeah Rece, some early signs of optimism for a return for Quinn Ewers next week against TCU,” Thamel said. “Ewers did not practice this week but did begin a throwing regiment, which he hadn’t been able to do early on as he’s been dealing with that sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. So as we said, today we’ll see Maalik Murphy and a potential return to practice for Ewers next week. There’s optimism he could build back and return to the starting lineup against the Horned Frogs.”
While the Longhorns will be without their star quarterback for one more week the group will look to Maalik Murphy to secure a massive win over the defending Big 12 champs in his second career start. Murphy completed 16 of 25 passes in Week 9 throwing for 170 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception against BYU.
Longhorns fans will get a look at the freshman quarterback when he takes the field against Kansas State on Saturday, November 4th at 11 AM CT on FOX.