Texas names Quinn Ewers the starting quarterback

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Texas has its starting quarterback for the 2022 season: Quinn Ewers.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian announced the decision Friday, according to the Austin American-Statesman's Brian Davis, after a summer of speculation. Ewers, who transferred from Ohio State at the end of last year, had been competing for the role with 2021 part-time starter Hudson Card.

The news didn't seem to come as a shock to Ewers, who earlier tweeted that everyone should "stay tuned" for an announcement on Aug. 19.

Ewers, a native of Southlake, Texas, was Rivals' top overall prospect and originally committed to the Longhorns in 2020 as part of the 2022 freshman class. He later reclassified for the 2021 class and flipped his commitment to the Buckeyes after Ewers was told he couldn't sign name, image and likeness endorsement deals as a high school student in Texas.

He played just two snaps in one game for Ohio State last season before he announced his decision to transfer in December.

Oddly enough, Ewers's time as the starter may only last for the 2022 season. Highly coveted recruit Arch Manning verbally committed to the Longhorns earlier this summer for next season, and he could take the QB1 spot from Ewers depending on how he plays throughout the spring and summer.

But for now, it's Ewers' team. And the Longhorns need Ewers to play much better than Card and Casey Thompson, the other 2021 starter who transferred to Nebraska.

Texas went 5-7 in Sarkisian's first season in Austin and hasn't won more than eight games since 2018. Ewers has an electric running back in 1,000-yard rusher Bijan Robinson but needs more help from his receivers in 2022. The Longhorns' defense also allowed 35.2 points per game in 2021, 18th-most in the country.

Quinn Ewers will be the Longhorns' starting quarterback in 2022. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Quinn Ewers will be the Longhorns' starting quarterback in 2022. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)