Predicting Texas’ starting quarterback for the foreseeable future

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With the exception of Sam Ehlinger, the Longhorns have been experiencing inconsistencies at the quarterback position dating back to the Colt McCoy days.

The 2022 season may quite possibly be the first time since McCoy that Texas fields one of the best quarterbacks in the country as Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers is expected to be the best thing since sliced bread. However, he has yet to win the job, and the winner of this season’s quarterback battle will certainly influence the starter for years to come.

Texas’ quarterback room currently consists of three players that have a chance to start or will have a chance in the future in Ewers, Hudson Card, and Maalik Murphy. There is also a belief that Texas has a good chance of landing Arch Manning, which could easily cause chaos in the quarterback room.

It is fair to assume that based on the current state of college football, if Manning were to commit to Texas, a player like Murphy would heavily consider transferring.

Taking all of the craziness and parody into consideration, here is who I think will be the starting quarterback at Texas for the next few seasons.

2022: Quinn Ewers

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Even with limited college experience, it is hard for me to believe that Ewers will not be the starter for this upcoming season. Card will have to have a performance of a lifetime during summer and fall camps, and even that might not be enough as we saw Steve Sarkisian had him on a short leash last season.

Based on every report from spring, the only thing holding Ewers back was the fact that he was new to the system, which means having more time to learn should only help his chances. If Card does lose this battle, it is likely his last chance to be the quarterback at Texas and he could be a hot name on the transfer portal market for 2023.

If Card does somehow pull out the win and is able to hold onto the job unlike last season, Ewers’ future as a Longhorn goes up in smoke as Card will likely stay for another season after.

2023: Quinn Ewers

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This is where things will start to get interesting in the quarterback room, as like I previously mentioned if Card loses the battle ahead of 2022, there is a good chance he is no longer in the room. This leaves Ewers, Murphy, and Manning (assuming Manning picks Texas over Georgia like he is currently predicted to do).

While there will be a “quarterback battle” during the offseason, it is still Ewers’ job if he plays well in 2022. I also expect this to be Ewers’ last season of college football if he has a good one, as he can declare for the NFL draft if he chooses to. If Manning commits to Texas, this is where it becomes possible that Murphy might look elsewhere, but if Manning commits to Georgia this sets Murphy up as the quarterback in waiting.

2024: Arch Manning

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This is the most puzzling year, because we do not know where Manning is slated to play his college football. He has expressed before that he is aware of schools having talented players ahead of him, so Ewers shouldn’t scare him off. Assuming Ewers is as good as advertised and heads to the NFL after 2023 and Card is already at his other school by now, this leaves Manning and Murphy battling for the starting job.

Even with Murphy having more experience in the system, Manning is too talented to have on the bench for a second year in a row. In order for Manning to commit to Texas, there will probably be some sort of understanding that the job is his after Ewers leaves. Murphy would need to have a perfect camp and offseason to take the job from Manning, and this may be his only chance to win the job if Manning does in fact come to Texas. If Murphy loses the job this year, he will surely hit the transfer portal for a chance to play elsewhere.

If Manning doesn’t come to Texas, and Ewers is off to the NFL, Murphy will be ready and waiting to be the guy.

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