Texas Longhorns, Hudson Card tab as starting QB

With a week to go before the season opens, it looks like new head coach Steve Sarkisian has found his starting quarterback.

According to several reports, Hudson Card has been named Texas Longhorns starting quarterback for the 2021 season, filling the vacancy left by Sam Ehlinger. Chip Brown, of 247 Sports, first reported the news.

Sarkisian has taken the time trying to decide between the letter and Casey Thompson and has openly admitted it would be a difficult decision.

“This one is very hard and I had a feeling this was going to happen,” Sarkisian said. “Both Casey and Hudson … neither of them is making it easy. They both play well. They both get better. They both try to do the things we ask of them.

“It simply came to our notice then. I wanted them to make it difficult for us, and they do exactly that. “

Coming into the quarterback battle, Thompson seemed to have the upper hand. Thompson is older, served for a couple of years as a student under Ehlinger and has the advantage of that remarkable second half at the Valero Alamo Bowl. In less than half, he crushed the Colorado defense for 170 yards and four touchdowns from 8 to 10. He has been characterized as a more vocal leader than Card.

But Card seems to have more potential and was ranked as the third-best quarterback in the nation with a double threat coming out of Lake Travis in the 2020 class. Overall, he throws a nicer ball, if you like tight spirals. But he has only tried three passes in two professional appearances.

Card and the Longhorns will host Louisiana-Lafayette at their season opener next Saturday at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.

Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian speaks during the Big 12 Conference Media Days at AT&T Stadium on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Arlington.  (Elias Valverde II / The Dallas Morning News)

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