With the exodus of Cameron Rising and Shane Buechele in the NCAA Transfer Portal, there’s all the more impetus on the 2020 class to bring more talent to the quarterback position. For the 2019 and 2020 seasons Texas currently figures to have Sam Ehlinger starting. Then in 2021 there’d presumably be a battle between RS junior Casey Thompson, RS sophomore Roschon Johnson, and RS freshman Hudson Card. Of course with the way things go today perhaps only one or two of those names would still be around to take the torch from Ehlinger.
That’s the name of the game in today’s college football landscape. QBs come into college with a much higher degree of skill and development than ever before and they come expecting to play early and often. The actual ability to do so depends heavily on the surrounding culture and structure of a team and how well a player understands the modern game. Today’s QB is a distributor playing “point guard on grass.” The best of the best understand defenses, have a mastery of their own offense, and then most crucially understand the personnel on the field for either team and can make checks or tweaks to the plays to get the ball to the right spot after the snap.
Of course on top of all that, Tom Herman also likes for his QB to be able to run the ball to improve the efficiency of his run game against top opponents. Here’s a glimpse of how Hudson Card is developing as a potential heir to Ehlinger.