Texas QB Quinn Ewers could give Steve Sarkisian the fresh start needed to resurrect Longhorns program

Steve Sarkisian hit historic lows in his first season as coach at Texas. The Longhorns finished 5-7, the worst record for a first-year coach since Dana X. Bible in 1937. Texas lost seven consecutive games, the most since Edwin Price lost eight in his final season in 1956. 

But when mulleted quarterback Quinn Ewers sent a tweet committing as a transfer to his home-state Longhorns on Dec. 12, 2021, all was forgiven. On Saturday, Ewers will make his debut in a burnt orange uniform at the Texas Orange-White Spring Game. 

Calling Ewers a generational quarterback prospect is an understatement. The Southlake (Texas) Carroll product emerged as the first perfect 1.0000 quarterback recruit in the 247Sports Composite since Vince Young — the only quarterback to win a national championship on the 40 Acres in the last 50 years. There have only been five other perfect 1.0000 recruits since 2000; for comparison, Trevor Lawrence was a 0.9999. 

Quarterback play has doomed the Longhorns for more than a decade. Texas is entering its 13th consecutive season without an All-Big 12 First Team quarterback, so getting a superstar from the program’s own backyard was a must. 

“I grew up always watching the Longhorns play, wanted to be in that burnt orange,” Ewers told reporters last week. “You know, there was a little obstacle in between, but I ended up here and I’m very thankful for all the opportunities God has given me.. I’m just excited to be back in the home state.” 

When Ewers committed to Tom Herman’s staff at Texas in 2020, it energized the program. When he decommitted and headed to Ohio State instead, it doomed Herman’s tenure. The timing of his return could not have been better after the disastrous start to the Sarkisian era. 

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