Hudson Card is preparing for his first season at Purdue after beginning his career at Texas. When he suits up for the Boilermakers, Card will do so for first-year head coach Ryan Walters and new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

In explaining his move to Purdue, Card pointed to the offensive system run by Harrell as a big draw. The quarterback described the system as similar to the one he operated in high school and believes it will allow him to showcase all facets of his game.

“If I’m looking for an offense, it’s something like Coach Harrell’s,” said Card per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. “It reminds me a little bit of my offense back at Lake Travis. It’s up-tempo, we throw the rock a lot, but it also gives me the ability to use my legs when I need to. All in all, it will bring out the best in my game.”

One example Card pointed to is the ability for QBs to improvise and utilize his legs when needed. To this point in his career, Card feels he hasn’t been able to fully showcase his abilities.

“Sometimes coaches don’t always allow that or will scheme it up differently,” said Card in reference to QB runs. “In my college career, I haven’t been able to fully show my capabilities. I was just looking for a place where I could do that and continue to grow my confidence. A place where I can play freely.”

Hudson Card’s career numbers

While at Texas, Card threw for 1,523 yards and 11 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions. He had just 74 yards rushing and a single rushing touchdown that came during the 2021 season.

A season ago, Card appeared in 12 games for the Longhorns but mostly served as the primary backup to Quinn Ewers. He completed 69.4% of his passes for 928 yards and 6 touchdowns during the 2022 season.

We’ll see if Card can be a difference-maker for Purdue in 2023 as the program moves into the first season without former head coach Jeff Brohm (now at Louisville) and long-time starter Aidan O’Connell (now in the NFL).