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Texas QB Casey Thompson enters transfer portal


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It did not take long for the addition of Quinn Ewers to impact Steve Sarkisian's QB room. Junior QB Casey Thompson chose to enter the transfer portal Friday afternoon after starting 10 games for Texas in 2021.

This past season, Thompson threw for 2,113 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Despite not opening the season as the starter, Thompson in played in each of Texas' first two games before starting the remainder of the season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Can't say I didn't see this coming, but I do hate to see him go. When getting a QB the caliber of Ewers you do expect him to start as a RS freshman since he will only last til he's a RS soph (if he's what you thought he was) and then go pro.

I expect Card to follow suit soon.

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53 minutes ago, Baron said:

I expect Card to follow suit soon.

 I don't. Ewer's is not a lock to start, Ohio St. didn't think so anyway.

 It's ironic that QB1 and QB2 for 2 seasons now are dual threats, in a system where a froggy running QB is not part of the scheme. That might work eventually, but that line.. 

 Much like last year, starting game 2 will get ugly fast.

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44 minutes ago, Johnny Depp said:

 I don't. Ewer's is not a lock to start, Ohio St. didn't think so anyway.

 It's ironic that QB1 and QB2 for 2 seasons now are dual threats, in a system where a froggy running QB is not part of the scheme. That might work eventually, but that line.. 

 Much like last year, starting game 2 will get ugly fast.

I don't think he's a lock to start either. But lets face it, there's no one in the QB room who is better. MM may be your second best option. I just have no confidence in Card.

Ohio State's QB room is very different than ours.

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If Thompson wanted the starting job assured to him or to open spring practice as the favorite, then Sark made the right call in telling him neither of those things were going to happen and he would have to earn everything.

Texas just won 5 games last year. Outside of Bijan and Worthy, every single spot should be a wide open competition starting in the spring.

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36 minutes ago, Sirhornsalot said:

I don't think he's a lock to start either. But lets face it, there's no one in the QB room who is better. MM may be your second best option. I just have no confidence in Card.

Ohio State's QB room is very different than ours.

 The Horns beat 1 ranked team last year. We both know who the QB was.

MM has got to be considered a very long shot to be in one of the top 2 spots. 

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1 hour ago, dillohorn said:

Did not want to compete. Enough said.

 With his stats he'll find some takers. He'll be better off in a dual threat system since his legs are his strength. 

There is plenty of tape on CT11 now. He got his shot. Sucks that he had to play through injury. He still made his mark on the record books. If it was easy everybody would be doing it. 

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39 minutes ago, Jameson McCausland said:

If Thompson wanted the starting job assured to him or to open spring practice as the favorite, then Sark made the right call in telling him neither of those things were going to happen and he would have to earn everything.

Texas just won 5 games last year. Outside of Bijan and Worthy, every single spot should be a wide open competition starting in the spring.

 Umm, Bijan too. We have a ton of talent in the RB room. 

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37 minutes ago, Johnny Depp said:

 The Horns beat 1 ranked team last year. We both know who the QB was.

MM has got to be considered a very long shot to be in one of the top 2 spots. 

If you're trying to say Card sucked, I agree.

MM is probably our 2nd best QB the moment he steps off the plane.

 

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I have always believed that experience is a valuable commodity in HS and college sports.  If a kid is a 3 or 4 year starter he will usually be a valuable contributor. That’s why “some” of these portal kids are getting serious interest.  If they hit the portal with a year or 2 of starting experience, schools are looking hard at them.

All that to say…I would love for the Horns to get a starting QB and keep him  for 2/3 years.  Seems like lately we have a new starting QB every year. 

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17 hours ago, Baron said:

I expect Card to follow suit soon.

Card very well might, but compared to Thompson, Card's eligibility will likely outlast Ewer's time on campus. 

Card had covid year in 2020, burned a year this past season. He could potentially be Ewer's back up and redshirt one of the next 2 years if not needed in 4 or more games. If Ewer's leaves in 2 years, Card could still have 2 years of eligibility left.

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2 hours ago, tejasrulz said:

Woke up this morning, drinking some coffee after a night of drinking and yep, this news still sucks.

You could say this about Ewers also

Neither Card or Thompson are what UT needs next season and Thompson knew he would not be a starter. I'll go with Ewers because he chooses to come here. Good luck to Thompson even though he chooses to not be here.

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4 minutes ago, dillohorn said:

Neither Card or Thompson are what UT needs next season and Thompson knew he would not be a starter. I'll go with Ewers because he chooses to come here. Good luck to Thompson even though he choses to not be hre.

Ewers comes from a zone read offense in high school, we might run into the same issues with him as well when it comes to running Sarks west coast offense

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1 hour ago, BWilk55 said:

Card very well might, but compared to Thompson, Card's eligibility will likely outlast Ewer's time on campus. 

Card had covid year in 2020, burned a year this past season. He could potentially be Ewer's back up and redshirt one of the next 2 years if not needed in 4 or more games. If Ewer's leaves in 2 years, Card could still have 2 years of eligibility left.

Looking forward I see other QB's, I realize we are losing ground in the Arch Manning sweepstake, but if we turn it around somehow and Ewers plays like everyone expects him to, Sark will look like a genius and put us right back into it. And if that doesn't work there is always MM.

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