This offseason Texas quarterback fight between Quinn Ewers and Hudson Card is one of the most watched contests in the country.
Card is a third-year player who was originally announced as a starter under Steve Sarkisian last season, only to be drawn in Week 2 for struggles against Arkansas.
Many believe Card has all the talent to be an elite quarterback at this level, he just needs to have better pocket feel and more leadership.
On the other hand, Ewers was a perfectly scored recruit coming out of high school. He’s yet to try to get through college, so he lacks the experience compared to Card, but his potential has gone through the roof.
Many national media analysts believe his job is to lose. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg recently dove into the top quarterback struggles across the country and predicted who would win each contest.
For the Longhorns, Rittenberg believes Ewers will take the first snap for Texas in Week 1.
Ewers is one of the bigger names in college football, although he hasn’t made a significant game snap at this level. Ewers was undoubtedly an elite recruit — he ranked No. 1 on ESPN’s list of prospects for 2022 — who first signed in Texas, then transferred to Ohio State and then was reclassified to bear his name early last fall , his image and his likeness clock could begin. The Southlake, Texas product returns to its home state, where attention is not fading. He competed that spring with Card, who won the quarterback contest with Casey Thompson last year, ultimately lost the top job, but then played significant snaps against Iowa State and West Virginia late in the season. Card had 590 passing yards with five touchdowns and one interception, but he also caught 10 sacks.
The third-year student has a clear experience advantage over Ewers but failed to break away this spring and will need a solid camp to win the starting job. Both quarterbacks have shown in practice that they can attack downfield. Ewers wowed the spring game crowd with a 62-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Isaiah Neyor. “Quinn had a really good spring,” said coach Steve Sarkisian. “We saw the playmaking skills he has. He can make almost any throw. Now it’s going through some of those growing pains that any young quarterback coming into our system would have. We’ll see how far he can go.”
Week 1 Starter Prediction: Ewers. I’m not ready to anoint Ewers as a contender for the Heisman Trophy or the next Trevor Lawrence-like college quarterback. Card brings more experience to the field and could definitely win the job in the camp again. The excitement on the pitch over Ewers this spring was mixed. But Ewers has a higher cap than Card, and Sarkisian has a chance to start his clock with a schedule starting against Louisiana-Monroe before Alabama visits Austin on Sept. 10. I wouldn’t be surprised if both quarterbacks played early.
Regardless of who is ultimately chosen as the starter for the season opener, Sarkisian will need to be able to rely on both signal callers to lead that team in 2022 when called upon. After all, backup is just a game away from getting meaningful snaps.
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