AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Whenand the Texas Longhorns whipped Colorado in the Alamo Bowl, there was little talk of a coming quarterback competition, let alone any whiff of a potential controversy at the position. looked much like the program’s future after, with an 8-of-10 passing performance with four touchdowns in the second half in relief of injured . Texas dominated, and so did .
But a January coaching change fromto and the ripe talent of backup Hudson Card has made Saturday’s spring scrimmage, and the months leading into the 2021 season, all about one position and who will be the Longhorns starter against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 4.
Ifis annoyed at having to prove himself again after waiting his turn for three years, he doesn’t show it.
“I sat for three years. It pushed me to become a better player every day. I said thought after the bowl game, ” I’m hungry and want to get better,” said this week when he and Card met with reporters for the first time this spring. “I’m embracing the competition.”
He didn’t always feel that way. After the 2018 season,briefly entered the transfer portal with fellow freshman Cam Rising. Back then, everyone was stuck behind , who still had two seasons to play and had just led Texas to a 10-win season.
Rising left for Utah.stayed. He for two more years. He now , even with nothing yet guaranteed. He said,d “In life,e you get rewarded if you go through adversity.”
“I’m glad that I waited my turn, and I’m glad that I didn’t play right away,” he said. “OThecompetitor in me wanted to play right away as a freshman or a sophomore. But no,w looking back, I think my maturity helped me stay here. And I think I’ve embraced a new chapter in my life and a new role.”
The new challenge is fending off Card, who, a factory of major-college quarterbacks. Card barely , but his practice throws are already legendary. was awed by what he saw, calling Card a “special player.”
“There’s no other way to put it,”said. “He came out of the womb spinning the football.”
jumping the line and grabbing the job.
“He (Thompson) has had experience, but at theyou grow and learn with new opportunities like this,” Card said. “I’m excited for what the future holds.”
None of this might have happened without the coaching change that upended what looked like a natural progression for. Sarkisian’s arrival meant new coaches to impress and a new playbook to learn.
“I was shocked,”said of the firing. “I didn’t see it coming.”
liked what he saw from in the Alamo Bowl, but that was just 10tenasses. And he’s not giving any hints either player, noting after the last scrimmage that “at that position, we have too many negative plays, and that’s not acceptable.”
Eligibility changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic would have allowedto return next season. He instead chose to pursue an NFL career. He ranks among the school’s career-passing leaders category.
plans to wear Ehlinger’s jersey No. 11, something he’s wanted since he got to campus.
“I wore No. 11 mostly my whole life until I got to college,”said.
The key is who will be No. 1.
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