Texas coach Steve Sarkisian would not budge Thursday when pressed about who will begin at quarterback in opposition to UTSA on Saturday — Quinn Ewers, Hudson Card or Charles Wright.
“What I can make clear is that each one three of the blokes bought higher,” Sarkisian instructed reporters. “I do not assume it is my job to get on right here and inform you guys what our sport plan goes to be.”
Why all of the secrecy?
“Pretty vital accidents we needed to endure,” he stated.
Wait, so which means Ewers, the starter, is obtainable regardless of a sprained clavicle that knocked him out of the Alabama sport?
“You guys can preserve poking the bear on what I do at quarterback,” Sarkisian stated. “At the top of the day. I’m not going to provide you sport planning choices or how we apply. There’s a cause you guys do not come to apply, proper? If I wished you to know who took snaps, I’d allow you to come to apply.”
Here’s hoping No. 21 Texas (1-1) finds somebody who can fog a mirror and throw from a standing place by Saturday evening. Otherwise, all bets are off inside Royal-Memorial Stadium in opposition to the Roadrunners, a 1-1 Conference USA membership and a two-touchdown underdog that is simply itching to spring the upset.
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“We do not speak about profitable and dropping very a lot right here. We simply need to do our best possible,” UTSA coach Jeff Traylor stated Monday. “We assume we’ve sufficient expertise on our roster and may coach effectively sufficient that we’ll win greater than lose and be true to the model.”
Sarkisian has cause to be feisty. Last week, just about no person gave his workforce an opportunity in opposition to Alabama. Now, all people is singing the Horns’ praises simply for holding it shut in a 20-19 loss.
Nobody round Austin shall be praising something if Texas stumbles in opposition to Traylor’s bunch. Last season, UTSA went 12-2 and gained the C-USA title. Quarterback Frank Harris is a dynamo, having thrown for 696 yards and 6 touchdowns already in two video games.
“I do know they seem to be a good workforce, going 12-2 final 12 months,” tight finish Ja’Tavion Sanders stated. “Definitely cannot take them flippantly.”
Running again Roschon Johnson referred to as Traylor an “East Texas legend” from the coach’s highschool heydays main Gilmer. The UTSA roster is stacked with in-state gamers, lots of whom both weren’t ranked extremely sufficient prospects for the flagship packages or had been ignored altogether.
Perception is all the things in recruiting. NFL scouts do not care the place you went to varsity. If you’ll be able to play, you’ll be able to play.
“We know they will play us laborious, and we all know they will get their finest shot,” Johnson stated.
From Texas’ vantage level, the Horns ought to have the higher supporting forged.
Sarkisian identified that in opposition to Alabama, “Jordan Whittington got here out on fireplace” within the first quarter. Casey Cain has made a giant catch for two straight video games. Sanders is a blossoming star. The bundle applied for 6-foot-5 Andrej Karic to be an additional blocker has proven promise, too.
“I be ok with no matter who’s in there at quarterback that they have the individuals and items round them to execute our offense at a excessive stage,” Sarkisian stated.
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Running again Bijan Robinson did have his shoulder examined after the Alabama sport. But he spoke with reporters Monday and stated his prognosis was, “Just be robust. Stop being a bit of wimp.” He’ll play, for positive.
Robinson, Johnson and Keilan Robinson give the Horns three stable backfield choices. Johnson also can take direct snaps within the Wildcat formation, giving Texas one other risk.
If Ewers does stroll onto that area, the gang will most likely explode. Initial studies projected he would miss anyplace from 4 to 6 weeks, and Sarkisian confirmed nothing was damaged. Could he play? It’s potential, however unlikely.
Card suffered an ankle harm in opposition to Alabama and stated afterwards there was no manner he would have pulled himself out. His hampered mobility was obvious on a 20-yard scramble. Could he begin? Odds much more favorable.
Wright is the third-string possibility who has gained common reward from Sarkisian and teammates for his sensible work. Could he play? Hard to see how he will not in some capability.
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The fourth possibility, freshman Maalik Murphy, is not a lot of an possibility in any respect. Sarkisian stated Monday that Murphy was not wholesome and declined to elaborate as to why. Murphy would possibly nonetheless not be totally cellular from a damaged ankle suffered in late 2021 throughout his California highschool state championship sport.
If Sarkisian did not study this final season, he is seeing now how quarterback gossip is all the trend round these elements. Leaks could be contained, however they’re virtually unimaginable to cease.
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The Longhorns merely have to cease the Roadrunners. Sarkisian famous how the protection raised its efficiency stage in opposition to the Crimson Tide. That needs to be the usual going ahead.
“In flip, we set new expectations for our followers,” Sarkisian stated. “Our followers expect us to come back in and play that model of football, that model of football.”
This is the ultimate tuneup earlier than subsequent week’s Big 12 opener at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are off to a 2-0 begin below new coach Joey McGuire. But Tech has an enormous check Saturday at No. 16 North Carolina State.
No matter who’s in, who performs or does not, Texas wants to go to Lubbock with a 2-1 document. That cannot occur if there’s an excessive amount of deal with the quarterback and never sufficient consideration on the opposite 21 gamers within the lineup.
“This week the noise has been, ‘Now Texas has arrived; they performed with Alabama,’ and that we’ll overlook UTSA,” Sarkisian stated. “So we have one thing completely different to show, that we have the precise maturity, whatever the opponent, to play our model, our model of football with some actual intent.”
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UTSA at No. 21 Texas, 7 pm, LHN, 104.9, 105.3 (Spanish), 1260, 99.3, 98.5
Last 12 months: 12-2, beat Western Kentucky within the Conference USA title sport, misplaced to San Diego State within the Frisco Bowl.
Traylor is aware of Texas: This would be the first assembly between Texas and UTSA, however UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor isn’t any stranger to Royal-Memorial Stadium. He was on the UT employees the ultimate two years of Charlie Strong’s time at Texas after a extremely profitable highschool teaching profession at Gilmer. And he isn’t the one UTSA coach with Texas ties; co-offensive coordinators Will Stein and Matt Mattox additionally coached at Texas throughout those self same years, 2015-17. And Stein labored as Texas quarterback Hudson Card’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Lake Travis High School after he left UT.
Three gamers to observe: (1) QB Frank Harris — the Conference USA preseason offensive participant of the 12 months is main the nation in complete offense after two video games, producing 394.5 yards per sport; (2) S Rashad Wisdom — the convention’s preseason defensive participant of the 12 months does not have any picks but, however he did get better a fumble in final week’s win over Army; (3) WR Zakhari Franklin — he and Joshua Cephus have paced the Roadrunners’ passing assault, however Franklin is main the workforce with 20 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
FYI: UTSA (1-1) has opened the season with a triple-overtime loss to Houston and an time beyond regulation win at Army. … This would be the tenth time UTSA has confronted a ranked workforce; the Roadrunners are 0-9 in these matchups. … UTSA is 20-8 in Traylor’s two-plus years, though he personally is 20-7 (he missed UTSA’s 2020 bowl sport due to COVID-19).
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