Texas names Quinn Ewers starting QB: Former No. 1 overall recruit tops Hudson Card in offseason competition


Texas coach Steve Sarkisian made a much-anticipated decision Friday when the program announced that Ohio State transfer and former five-star prospect Quinn Ewers has won the starting quarterback job for the Longhorns, beating Hudson Card for first place on the depth chart. 1 overall player in the class of 2021, Ewers originally signed with the Buckeyes at Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas.

The news that Ewers has won the job comes on the same day that rumors circulated that Card might just be the frontrunner to earn the starting nod. Card had the experience advantage in the race, starting the first two games for the Longhorns last year before taking the bench for Casey Thompson, who recently announced as the starting quarterback at Nebraska.

Ewers has what it takes to become a potential superstar. He didn’t throw a pass for Ohio State last season, but he helped Southlake Carroll to the Texas 6A DI State Championship game before starting his short-lived stint with the Buckeyes. Gabe Brooks, Midlands recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this exploration report on Texas’ new starting quarterback.

“Good height with a plus frame,” Brooks wrote. “Pro-style QB with athleticism and mobility worthy of a dual-threat label. Elite improvisational QB that can extend play and stay accurate in motion. Throws with a smooth, easy throw and varies arm angles as needed. Impressive speed and spin speed is really displayed on mid and seam routes. Field-stretching vertical arm power to consistently hit big plays over the top. Also shows an encouraging touch to timing patterns and downfield routes that require it.”

Texas opens the season on September 3 in Austin against ULM. It will host the highest ranked Alabama in Week 2 of the season.

What does putting Ewers in the spotlight mean for the 2022 season and beyond? Let’s take a look at some key points from Friday’s announcement.

Potential outweighs stability

Ewers was the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2021 for a reason. He has a rocket arm, is accurate on virtually any route and is perfectly suited for a Texas attack that is brimming with talent. But other than a few symbolic transfers last year for the Buckeyes, this is completely new to the college football world.

Sarkisian decided to roll the dice and prefer Ewers’ advantage over Card’s two games of starting experience. Of course, the fact that Card was on the bench in last year’s game in Arkansas certainly played a part in the decision. After all, Card has already been given a chance and it didn’t work out.

Week 2’s impending game against the Crimson Tide – where Sarkisian was once coach Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator – also had to weigh heavily in Sark’s decision. He knows how explosive the Crimson Tide Offensive can be; he helped build the foundation. By giving his team a shot at showing a quarterback with as high potential as Ewers, he’s doing the responsible thing, even at the cost of experience.

Sark’s cards are on the table

Texas went 5-7 last year, which is unacceptable to the decision makers in Austin, where former coach Tom Herman also left it. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s on the hot seat. In fact, CBS Sports senior writer Dennis Dodd Sarkisian gave a “1” on his annual hot seat meterwhich means “safe and secure” according to its scale.

That said, it’s definitely been a swing year for Sarkisian and the Longhorns. If Ewers doesn’t succeed, that’s an indication that he hasn’t developed as the coaching staff expected. That would fall on Sarkisian’s workforce, both from a development and talent evaluation standpoint.

The lineage is set

Sarkisian won’t be on the hotseat this year, in large part because of its up-and-coming recruiting class, which includes star quarterback and No. 1 overall player Arch Manning. By starting Ewers this year, Sarkisian could give him two years below center before shooting to the NFL, redshirt Manning in his freshman year, before handing the legacy the ball as a redshirt freshman in 2024.

That’s a very strong blueprint that would kill almost any other coach in the country. But does this mean “Texas is back?” Of course not.

That phrase has been uttered almost every year since it lost to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game after the 2009 season and has become the punchline of a sad joke. However, Sarkisian has set up the program for long-term success through high school recruitment and transfer portals.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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