College football position battles to watch going forward as spring practices conclude ahead of 2022 season

We’re past the midway point of the 2022 college football spring practice sessions, but some pretty notable spring games featuring prominent programs are still ahead of us. Coaches love the competition of spring ball and the opportunity to see how players perform with coveted depth chart spots on the line. And while we know the “every job is open” message doesn’t apply at every position for every team, the position battles in spring can go a long way in determining who will fill key holes for high-profile teams in 2022. 

Below we’ve identified some position battles to track heading into these final weeks of spring practice. Some very important battles have already wrapped for the spring and will continue into the fall, but these are the ones that have will have our attention the rest of the way. 

Texas: Quarterback 

Spring Game: April 23
Names to know: Quinn Ewers, Hudson Card 

Last year, we were tracking the battle between Card and Casey Thompson, a competition that started in the spring and continued all the way into Steve Sarkisian’s first season as the Longhorns’ head coach. Thompson has since transferred to Nebraska, but Card is far from the frontrunner for this job thanks to the arrival of former five-star prospect Quinn Ewers from Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Ewers rated as the No. 1 high school recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite, and that blue-chip status has many fans handing him the honors of QB1 already. But Card has indicated he’s up for the challenge of going head-to-head against the touted new arrival, and his one year of experience in Sarkisian’s offense could prove to be valuable in the competition. Early scrimmage buzz suggests that experience might not be enough to beat out Ewers’ live arm and explosive…

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