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How Will The Longhorn QB Situation Shake Out?

When Texas quarterback Casey Thompson heard the news former head coach Tom Herman was out and Steve Sarkisian would take over, he said he never saw it coming.

“My first reaction is, how can I get ahold of him?” Thompson said last weekend, referring to Sarkisian, during a UT Zoom conference, per The Oklahoman.

Now, Thompson is competing for the starting QB job, which will be led by one of college football’s brightest offensive minds.

In the Texas spring game on April 24, Thompson played with the first team and redshirt freshman Hudson Card with the second.

Thompson completed 23-of-42 passes for 242 yards and an interception, while Card completed 15-of-25 for 168 yards and a TD. Thompson’s interception was a 93-yard pick six, The Oklahoman reports.  

“Both guys were maybe a little bit jittery at times in the pocket and lost our eyes,” Sarkisian said. “But that’s understandable in a spring game.” 

“The biggest thing we’re looking for is a level of consistency,” Sarkisian said.

He said when people come to a spring game, they are looking for “the wow plays.”

“The wow plays are dangerous plays, if you don’t play consistently, because they can distract you from maybe mishaps along the way,” he said, per The Oklahoman. “We look for consistency. We look for doing what you’re asked to do. Consistently doing your job, down after down after down. Then those plays, those wow type plays naturally occur.”

Most recently, Sark has led Mac Jones, Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Cody Kessler and Matt Ryan.

Thompson redshirted in 2018, then threw just 19 passes, none of them in Big 12 games, over two seasons as Ehlinger’s backup.

When Ehlinger missed the second half of the Alamo Bowl with a shoulder injury, Thompson stepped up and produced a great game, completing 8-of-10 passing, 170 yards, four touchdowns, in a 55-23 rout of Colorado, the article states.

Written by Megan Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. I used to love the Longhorns growing up, then I lived in Austin for a bit. Pretty much a leftist school. They marched around campus with dildos in protest of concealed carry on campus. The slogan they chanted was Cocks not Glocks (look it up). Here recently they’ve tried to get rid of the The Eyes of Texas song at football games because it was racist. Those things coupled with ruining the Big 12 because of the Longhorn Network have made me not a fan at all.

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