Report: Hudson Card to be named Texas Longhorns starting quarterback

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Texas quarterback Hudson Card (1) runs the ball during the second half of the Texas Orange and White Spring Scrimmage in Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Longhorns redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card is expected to start when Texas opens the season against Louisiana on Sept. 4. The news was first reported by 247 Sports’ Chip Brown Saturday morning.

Card is a Lake Travis High School graduate, who made two brief appearances during the 2020 season. He threw three total passes against UT-El Paso and Colorado.

The battle between Card and junior Casey Thompson has been constant since new head coach Steve Sarkisian arrived at Texas and Sam Ehlinger left for the NFL. Throughout spring and preseason practice, the redshirt freshman and junior split reps evenly between the starters and the backups.

Card was rated the No. 7 overall prospect from Texas when he signed with the Longhorns last year, 247 Sports reports.

Card may have won the preliminary round of the quarterback competition, but it’s hard to believe that Thompson won’t get a chance at some point during the 2021 season.

Here’s what Sarkisian said about the competition at Big 12 Media Days in July.

“At some point in training camp, I’m going to have to trust my gut and I got to name a starter,” Sarkisian said. “When we do, it’s not going to be because the other guy gave the job up. They’re going to make it tough on me. That’s what I told them, ‘You guys need to make this decision as hard as you can on me.’ Because I name one guy the starter, doesn’t mean we don’t need the other one because the other guy’s a play away.”

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