AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday that quarterback Quinn Ewers is “week-to-week” with a shoulder injury.
Ewers was hit hard by Houston’s David Ugwoegbu near the end of the third quarter after a scramble. Ewers tried to play through the injury and threw two incomplete passes before the end of the frame. Maalik Murphy entered the game and played the entire fourth quarter, completing 1 of 2 passes for seven yards.
“There’s a level of disappointment, obviously. No one likes to get injured,” Sarkisian said. “He tried to play through it, but then he knew what he could give to the team wasn’t good enough.”
Multiple reports Sunday night said Ewers suffered a sprained shoulder in the Longhorns’ 31-24 win over the Cougars.
Rivals site Orangebloods.com and ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that Ewers has a grade 2 sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder, his throwing side.
Last season against Alabama in a 20-19 home loss, Ewers sprained his SC joint on his non-throwing side. That’s where the sternum and clavicle meet. He was out for three games with that injury. When he came back, he helped shut out Oklahoma 49-0 in last year’s Red River Rivalry.
“He’s going to work tirelessly to get himself back, and he’s in the best shape of his life,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll see how his body responds, and naturally, when you’re in good shape we respond better. Hopefully, we get him back sooner rather than later.”
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Sarkisian said if the game was held on Monday, Murphy would be the starting quarterback, making Arch Manning the backup followed by former Austin High star Charles Wright. Murphy has played in four games this season, going 4-for-8 with 47 yards. Manning, the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2023 class, has yet to take a snap this season.
After the game Saturday, Sarkisian said, “the team has a lot of confidence in Maalik.”
“In the end, I’m hopeful Quinn can go, but we’ve got two quality players in that position who have a great supporting cast around them,” he said. “We’ll devise a plan for whoever the quarterback is for the next ballgame.”
Sarkisian also said sophomore defensive end Ethan Burke is week-to-week after suffering an injury against Houston.