Texas QB Hudson Card will start vs. West Virginia

Eric Gay/Associated Press

AUSTIN — Texas redshirt sophomore quarterback Hudson Card will start Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. game against West Virginia, coach Steve Sarkisian announced during a pregame interview with the Longhorn Network.

Redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers (sternoclavicular sprain) will also be “available” after not playing in each of Texas’ past two contests, a 41-20 win over UTSA and a 37-34 overtime loss to Texas Tech. Earlier this week, Sarkisian noted Ewers was eager to get back under center after making steady progress from the injury he suffered in a one-point loss to No. 1 Alabama back in Week 2.

“I think there’s no doubt Quinn wants to play,” Sarkisian said Monday. “He’s wanted to play since he first got injured against Alabama. He wanted to go back in that game. Mentally, he’s a highly competitive young man. He’s worked at trying to get himself healthy. He’s been throwing now for about two, two and a half weeks and has gradually improved.”

Since relieving Ewers on the final play of the first quarter against the Crimson Tide, Card has completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns with one interception while playing through a high-ankle sprain.

In five quarters of play this season, Ewers has completed 25-of-36 passes for 359 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

With Card starting and Ewers ready if needed, Texas (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) will look to rebound from last week’s overtime loss against West Virginia (2-2, 0-1), which is coming off an impressive 33-10 win over Virginia Tech.

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