If anyone knows how the quarterback battle unfolds, it is Hudson Card. He has already gone through this process in Texas before.
Card finds himself in the midst of another QB1 title battle with the Longhorns. This time, instead of fighting for reps for Casey Thompson, the Card contest features the former Ohio State star. Queen Ewers And the rising student owner murphy.
The names change. The end goal does not. Card may be feeling a bit humbled by how 2021 has unfolded, knowing what not to do as he looks to become a regular first-team player.
Maybe that’s what will keep him in the driver’s seat longer.
“It’s more of a leader,” Jordan Whittington, a senior recipient, said of the Card earlier this month. “I would say he’s taken a big leap as far as he’s been leading the guys out loud. That’s something he didn’t do much last year, but he’s really grabbed things and says how he wants to do things and meet us.
Card won at the start of Thompson’s eyes Steve Sarkissian last fall. At the start of the inaugural season against Louisiana-Lafayette, he clearly had the tools to be a capable first-year option in a new era. Against the Ragin Cajuns, Card threw for 224 yards with two touchdowns in a 38-18 win.
His next start will be his last. Card never found a foothold behind a makeshift offensive line against Arkansas, throwing for 61 yards and losing possession when dazed. Sarkissian saw enough and went to Thompson off the bench to close out a 40-21 loss.
Thompson was named the initiator a week later. He got the Texans off to a solid start in the games, followed by an internal breakout in the second half that eventually led to a 5-7 season.
He is now in Nebraska and Texas looking for the next passerby. The battle now seems clear between Card and Ewers.
Ewers, who prior to his reclassification was the second-placed SI All-American behind Cady Klopnik Clemson, remains unknown. Much remains to be revealed about his potential, given that CJ Stroud ordered the attack and limited the Ewers’ playing at Ohio State.
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Everything Sarkissian saw of Ewers relied more on projection than production. There is at least a track record of what Card can do against the Big 12 Defenses. Card in the camp has also been improved with decision-making and accuracy.
“Both (Ewers) and Hood can throw the ball from almost every arm angle, they are both very talented in that way,” Sarkissian said of the QBs last week. “Their feet don’t have to be perfect to stay accurate.”
Betting on Card may seem crap so far. When he got off Lake Travis in 2021, he was considered one of the top passers-by in the enlistment class thanks to his kit.
Sarkissian considers Carde’s double threat to be one of the strengths of his game. That’s not enough to make him win the first job this spring, but it will likely keep him in conversation with the Ewers, who many around Forty Acres believe has already kicked off in his first week against Louisiana-Monroe.
Sarkissian said of improving Card, “The only way you get it is by repetition and taking those reps and doing it. It was a point of focus for us with him. But what I don’t want to take away from him is, he’s a really good athlete and Hudson’s weapon leg.”
Right now, Card and Ewers are both taking reps for the first team attack. Both are expected to see the same number of reps at Orange-White in a couple of weeks, and they should be given time this summer to prove they have what it takes to start the year off right.
There have been notable changes in the growth of the card. At least Sarkissian and many other players can see him. In the end, it all comes down to consistency and efficiency.
This was Card’s downfall as the start of the Longhorns in 2021. Will that be the case a year later?
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