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In what was reportedly the toughest quarterback battle he has ever been apart of, Steve Sarkisian has finally come to a verdict as to who will be taking over as the Longhorns starter.
Redshirt freshman Hudson Card will be the starter to lead the Longhorns into what they hope to be the best era of Texas football after beating out Casey Thompson for the job.
According to Horns247, every position on the roster had a starter determined except for the quarterback position. They reported that the August 14 scrimmage is where the competition finally reached a point, where Sarkisian had a sense of who he would go with. Horns247 explained that Casey Thompson’s turnover issues really hurt his chances, as Hudson Card never turned the ball over.
The scrimmage put Card in the drivers seat for the starting job and he never turned back. Horns247 officially broke the news on Saturday.
— Horns247 (@Horns247) August 28, 2021
Card, a former four-star out of Austin, was ranked as the No. 2 dual threat quarterback coming out of Lake Travis High School. He has not played many meaningful snaps up to this point. He has completed 1-of-3 for 5 yards, and rushed 4 times for 11 yards throughout his young collegiate career.
However, there were not many opportunities to play with four-year starter Sam Ehlinger in the midst of his final season.
Many thought that it was Thompson’s job to lose, but as soon as Tom Herman was fired, Thompson’s more experience in the playbook argument evaporated. Sarkisian made it clear that everyone was starting with a clean slate when he took the job, and he stuck to that. Sarkisian was aware of Card’s fantastic arm talent, as he recruited Card when he was at Alabama.
Card has a tough opening game as the starter, as he and Texas take on the No. 23 ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, who are returning all of their starters except for one, and have added some Power Five transfers.
Even though Thompson had that amazing performance in relief of Ehlinger in the Alamo Bowl, that saw him throw four touchdowns, Sarkisian always said he had to go with his gut.
His gut told him to go with the young gunslinger, Hudson Card, who is now looking to lead the Longhorns to the success that has been evading them for a decade.