Texas college football notebook: Steve Sarkisian not eager to provide QB updates – San Antonio Express-News

  • September 16, 2022

With Texas QB Hudson Card (pictured) still limited, starter Quinn Ewers expected to miss at least a couple weeks, per multiple sources and reports, redshirt freshman third-stringer Charles Wright has been preparing to start Saturday vs. UTSA.
AUSTIN — Texas coach Steve Sarkisian remains committed to keeping the team’s current quarterback situation as mysterious as possible.
“You guys can keep poking the bear on what I do at quarterback,” Sarkisian said Thursday during a Zoom availability with reporters. “At the end of the day, I’m not going to give you game-planning decisions or how we practice. There’s a reason you guys don’t come to practice, right. If I wanted you to know who took snaps, I’d let you come to practice.”
(Texas does not permit members of the media to view practices during the regular season. During preseason training camp in August, reporters typically receive access to a few 20-to-25-minute practice windows spread out across the month.)
Earlier this week, Sarkisian reported that redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers (clavicle) and redshirt sophomore backup Hudson Card (ankle) were “day-to-day” after suffering injures in last week’s one-point loss to No. 1 Alabama.
But with Ewers expected to miss at least a couple weeks, per multiple sources and reports, and Card still limited during practice this week, redshirt freshman third-stringer Charles Wright has been preparing to start Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against UTSA (1-1) at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
“They all progressed this week in my opinion,” Sarkisian said. “Quinn and Hudson got healthier and healthier as the week went on. I thought Charles did a good job with managing the more reps he got. I feel like his comfort level, his confidence was as good as I’ve ever seen it or better. So that’s a real positive for us, that all three of those guys in my opinion got better as the week went on.
Pushed on which of the three would be available for No. 21 Texas (1-1) against the Roadrunners, Sarkisian again played it close to the vest.
“What I can clarify is all three of the guys got better this week,” Sarkisian said. “I don’t think it’s my job to get on here and tell you guys what our game plan is going to be.”
Sarkisian was at least able to acknowledge how the spate of injuries has affected the way Texas practices.
“When we really get into game week the majority of our reps that we take from a game-planning perspective is really limited to two guys,” Sarkisian said. “Clearly this week that’s been spread a little bit more throughout. So I feel pretty comfortable about whether you’re a first- or a second-team guy going into the game, regardless of the week. Clearly this week it’s been a little bit different. And that’s okay. We just want to make sure that the guys are running plays and operating plays when they’re in (practice) that would most likely be called when they’re in the game.”
One week after keeping Alabama and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young in check, Texas now has to figure out a way to limit UTSA star Frank Harris.
The Roadrunners’ sixth-year quarterback is off to another hot start, having completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 696 yards and six touchdowns with one interception. Harris also leads UTSA with 93 rushing yards and one score on 16 carries.
“He’s got a lot of tools,” Sarkisian said of Harris “They do a really nice job with their run game and their advantage throw game, whether it’s the bubbles, the hitches, the RPOs (run-pass options). He does a nice job of making quick decisions and he throws it accurately and gives his receivers an opportunity to make plays in space.”
Harris has thrown for at least 337 yards and three touchdowns in both of UTSA’s game this season. And last week in West Point, New York, Harris delivered the game-winning 7-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout De’Corian Clark in overtime.
“He also does a really nice job of throwing the 50/50 fade throws, whether it’s an inside fade or the outside fade, he gives those wideouts a chance to make plays,” Sarkisian said. “And then the other aspect of his game that is challenging when they do call traditional passes, his ability to tuck it and run. There’s a lot of levels to his game. So, big challenge ahead of us.”
Nick Moyle is a New Jersey native and an alum of Rutgers University and Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center. He joined the Express-News in 2015.


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