Heading into West Virginia’s matchup against Texas this weekend, the Longhorns have a bit of quarterback controversy brewing.
On Sept. 10 in Texas’ game against Alabama, Ewers would exit late in the first quarter, with an injury that would later be diagnosed as a sprained clavicle.
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian offered an update on Ewers earlier this week saying he has been practicing, but gave a further update today about his quarterback’s status.
“There’s no doubt Quinn wants to play. He’s wanted to play since he first got injured at Alabama, he wanted to go back in the game. Mentally, he’s a highly competitive young man. He’s worked at trying to get himself healthy,” Sarkisian said.
In his two games played this season, Ewers has passed for 359 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while completing 69.4% of his passes.
“He’s been throwing now for about two, two and a half weeks and has gradually improved,” Sarkisian said.
As for whether or not Ewers will play this weekend, Sarkisian said there is a safety component that goes along with making a decision like this.
“There’s a safety element to this thing. We want to make sure we do what’s in the best interest of Quinn, but also our team,” Sarkisian said. “He’s chomping at the bit, he’s working hard. I like the progression that he’s been making. With all of that, I think he’s in the right mental state of mind of wanting to get back out there, staying engaged and doing the things necessary that we’re asking of him to do.”
Ewers, a transfer from Ohio State has been replaced the past two starts by Hudson Card. As for being asked about who is going to start, Sarkisian admitted it is a valid question, but he will not say any information on it.
“I’m not going to tell you,” Sarkisian said on who is starter is going to be against the Mountaineers.
Last season, West Virginia beat Texas 31-23 on Nov. 20, Card threw for 123 yards and a touchdown, while completing 10 of his 16 passing attempts.