Steve Sarkisian talks about Quinn Ewers' start to spring ball at Texas
Steve Sarkisian is looking to find the quarterback who can lead Texas back to national prominence. After transferring in from Ohio State, many believe Quinn Ewers could be the answer.
The former 5-star gunslinger and nation’s top overall recruit got his career started with the Longhorns this week as the team gets spring football underway. There’s going to be a bit of learning curve for Ewers, who is still new to the offense, but he’s got to start somewhere.
Following Tuesday’s practice, Sarkisian talked about Ewers’ first spring practice, assessing where the young quarterback is at compared to where he needs to be.
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“I think he’s doing fine,” Sarkisian said, per 247Sports. “I mean, that was his first practice with us. It wasn’t perfect, but clearly, he had a decent understanding of what we were trying to do. Naturally, he got a four months, five months under his belt in a really good system at Ohio State. So a lot of the same concepts are very similar.”
Ewers decided to forgo his senior season at the high school level to join Ohio State’s roster before the start of the 2021 season. Because of the strong play from CJ Stroud and Ohio State’s loaded QB room, the former 5-star quarterback was low on the depth chart.
With Casey Thompson transferring from Texas to Nebraska, the Longhorns have a wide open battle for the starting job. Ewers could have a shot to be QB1 by the time fall rolls around.
Before that happens, though, Sarkisian said the primary focus is getting Ewers comfortable.
“Clearly, the verbiage is different and then you throw signals on top of that. So your mind can start racing,” Sarkisian said. “We just tried to keep him as calm as we could, to allow him to be the best player that he can be. And so, that’s always going to be the evaluation of him but also the evaluation of us of how much we’re putting on him to be in the best position to be successful.”