Texas football has had its fair share of problems over the past decade or so. Gone are the days of the Longhorns competing for Big 12 titles, let alone national championships.
The 2021 season was probably the lowest point of the program; Texas went 5-7 under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Longhorns ranked fourth in the nation in passing defense, giving up 57 points to conference cellar-dweller Kansas.
But in the new season blooms a new optimism in Austin. Most optimistic is a teenager: Quinn Ewers.
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Ewers was the crown jewel of Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class; 1 QB among current USC QB Caleb Williams and others. Ewers entered the transfer portal after spending his freshman year as a redshirt freshman. Now, he’s at UT ready to take over the Longhorns’ offense.
Here’s everything you need to know about the mullet-wearing passer hoping to revive Texas’ postseason chances.
Who is Quinn Ewers?
For all the Longhorns’ struggles over the past few years, they haven’t lacked talent under center. However, few signal callers in the country have taken to campus as loud as Ewers.
He was a five-star recruit in the 2021 class. Whether with his feet or his hands, Evers is always in control of the situation.
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Ewers rewrote the Texas high school record book at Southlake Carroll. Per MaxPreps, Ewers has thrown 73 touchdowns to eight interceptions in two seasons with the Dragons. He did all of that despite missing six games of the 2020 season with injury.
Ewers turned that product into a five-star rating. He was recruited by the biggest programs in college football. In the year He landed with the bookies in August 2021 after much discussion.
Why did Quinn Ewers leave Ohio State?
Ewers was expected to beat out then-redshirt freshman CJ Stroud for the Buckeyes’ starting gig in 2021, but he fell behind. Stroud shined on the big stage and put together a Heyman-worthy season.
Evers only saw the field for two games. He kicked the ball both times. It was a free fall from his lofty expectations when he first set foot in Columbus.
Shortly after the end of the regular season, Evers announced his desire to transfer. Although the 19-year-old didn’t reveal his decision, it appears the move was at least partially motivated by his inability to unseat Strode, the Heisman favorite in 2022.
Why did Quinn Ewers move to Texas?
Per Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Ewers focused on his home state. He still had fans among schools in the Longhorn State, including Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
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Ultimately, Ewers’ connection to the Longhorns — the team he formed under him as a kid — brought him to Austin.
We got our first chance to talk to new Texas QB Quinn Ewers this morning pic.twitter.com/m3TQldWQGt
— Travis Recek (@TravisRecek) April 14, 2022
“I grew up always watching Longhorns play, wanting to be in that burnt orange,” Evers said in April. “It was a little bit of a bump in the middle, but I got here and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities God gave me.”
“I’m excited to be back at home state. Coach Sarkisian once told me, ‘That’s why the rearview mirror is so small and the windshield is so big.’ , for sure.
Evers should get a chance to line up well in Sarkisian’s offense. Sarcian is one of the sport’s best offensive minds, having molded NFL-caliber passers at USC and including Tua Tagovailoa and Mack Jones at Alabama.
Ewers gave fans a glimpse of his skill set last week when he went 16 for 24 for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the Longhorns’ 52-10 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe.
12 personnel moves create confusion in the ULM secondary and Quinn Ewers finds Ja’Tavion Sanders wide open for every first touchdown on the Forty-Third Acres 🤘🏼 #HookEm | @Horns247 pic.twitter.com/xDbsX3wv7V
— Hudson Standish (@247Hudson) September 4, 2022
Now, he gets his chance against a top-ranked opponent: Texas hosts No. 1 Alabama on Saturday at noon ET.
If Ewers can showcase his talent in the Crimson Tide’s formidable front seven, Austin will sing his full name, just as the Longhorns legends of the past have done — from Bobby Laine to Vince Young to Colt McCoy.