The biggest question Texas football has to answer according to CBS Sports
There are a lot of unknowns about this Texas football team.
Whether or not players who left the program with bad attitudes can help turn the culture around, whether new coaching recruits live up to their reputations, or whether Texas’ new additions to the roster will be enough to propel the program at the pinnacle of college football. These are all valid questions that only time will tell.
Probably the biggest question regarding the Longhorns was identified by CBS Sports‘ Shehan Jeyarajah, who is Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers. Here’s what Jeyarajah had to say about the top-rated former quarterback prospect when he was asked whether or not he was ready to be the big man on campus.
When quarterback Quinn Ewers retired from Texas as a rookie, it presaged the end of the Tom Herman era. When Ewers opted to transfer from Ohio State to Texas, it gave Steve Sarkisian’s program the boost it desperately needed to bounce back from a 5-7 season.
Ewers was the consensus No. 1 rookie in the nation and the first quarterback to earn a perfect 247Sports Composite rating since Vince Young. But with the start of spring training, the hype is not enough. Ewers needs to behave like a generational quarterback rookie.
The Longhorns’ 5-7 record was the worst freshman campaign by a Longhorns coach since Dana X. Bible in 1937. Texas ranked No. 47 in total offense and No. 72 in passing offense at the disappointing campaign course. Whether Texas can reach the Big 12 depends almost entirely on whether Ewers exits on day one.
In order to even determine if Ewers can lead Texas to all this success, he must earn the position on Hudson Card which has the advantage of being his second year in the offense. Similar to last season, Sarkisian said the battle is unlikely to be decided in the spring and the two will split the reps equally for the starting job.
Many fans are clamoring for the young Ewers gun, but he’s got a lot of catching up to do to outplay Card.