The Texas Longhorns have named Quinn Ewers, the heralded recruit who began his college career in the state of Ohio to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunities before returning to his home state, as their starting quarterback.
Ewers, who hails from Southlake, Texas, competed for the job at Hudson Card, who opened the 2021 season as the Texas starter, but mostly played behind Casey Thompson.
The Longhorns open the season against Louisiana-Monroe on September 3, before receiving the preseason number 1 in Alabama on September 10.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Ewers initially pledged to play for the Longhorns in the 2022 class, but were rescheduled to the 2021 class and signed with Ohio State after the state of Texas banned high school athletes from making money with their name, image and likeness. Ewers only took two snaps and didn’t attempt a pass for the Buckeyes last season.
Texas coach Steve Sarkisian told ESPN earlier this week that he had “an idea” of who the team’s starting quarterback would be, and that he would be telling the team soon. jugs, in a Twitter post earlier this weekhinted that an announcement would be made on Friday.
Sarkisian said he doesn’t want to rotate quarterbacks like the team did with Card and Thompson in 2021.
“I think it’s hard for a quarterback to get into the rhythm like that, and I think you play differently knowing, ‘Hey, I don’t know how many throws I’m going to get,’ and you’re taking too many risks, Sarkisian said. “I just don’t like the decision-making very much.”
Texas will expand its quarterback room in 2023. Arch Manning, the number 2 overall player in the ESPN 300, has pledged to play for Sarkisian and the Longhorns.