AUSTIN (KXAN) — By any measure, Hudson Card’s debut as the Texas Longhorns’ starting quarterback was a success. After a poor first throw and an even poorer first drive, Card settled in and led the Longhorns to scores on four of their next five drives.
Card’s ability to shake off the early struggles and then thrive the rest of the way is a trait he believes will bode well for him as he progresses in his career at Texas.
“For me, it’s always been never get too high or get too low,” Card said. “I think my teammates can see that energy, especially for a quarterback, so just having that poise and knowing that you’re ready to go for your teammates.”
“I think part of it is that Hudson’s a very even-keeled guy, that’s his personality,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “
The Lake Travis High School graduate finished the game completing 14-of-21 passes for 224 yards. Most importantly for Texas, he had no turnovers.
“I think it’s the way we practiced and prepared. We got the looks that we liked with certain plays that we ran,” Card explained. “I think it was preparation that helped that.”
Even more impressive, was Card’s ability to stay steady, facing the reality that he was playing his first game as the starting quarterback of his dream school.
“It was a cool feeling, like I said, it’s always been a dream of mine to be the quarterback here so actually living it is pretty special,” Card added.
Card and the Longhorns will get their first road test at Arkansas in front of a sellout crowd. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville.