Texas QB Murphy most likely to start for injured Ewers
Oct 23, 2023, 03:13 PM ET
AUSTIN, Texas– Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday, he anticipates Maalik Murphy to enter the starting quarterback role this week against BYU, as Quinn Ewers recovers from an injury to his tossing shoulder.On Sunday, sources validated to ESPN’s Pete Thamel an Orangebloods.com report that Ewers suffered a grade 2 a/c joint sprain in his best shoulder throughout the No. 7 Longhorns’ win over Houston on Saturday night and is anticipated to miss time. Sarkisian said Ewers would be week to week however did not provide a more specific schedule.
“These injuries, some guys return sooner than others,” Sarkisian said.Ewers appeared to get hurt on a third-quarter drive when he was very first sacked and after that later took a hard hit on his left shoulder and landed on his right side.Video of the 2nd hit shows Ewers using his ideal
arm to get up from the ground. He still threw two more pass attempts before leaving the game. “He tried to play,”Sarkisian said.”That last drive he was not healthy. To his credit, he knew,’I don’t think I can do it.'”Ewers has actually passed for 1,915 lawns and 13 touchdowns this season. He also has ended up being a running threat with five goals, consisting of two from 29 and 30 backyards. He had his best arm in a sling by the time he left the stadium.The injury is the 2nd to send out Ewers to the sideline in the previous two seasons.
A sprained clavicle joint sustained against Alabama knocked him out of that Sept. 9 game and the next three.Last season, Texas had experienced backup and former starter Hudson Card to step in, but he moved
to Purdue.Murphy and top recruit Arch Manning will get lots of snaps in practice to prepare for the game, Sarkisian said.
“If the game was being playing today, Maalik would begin,” Sarkisian stated.”Arch will be prepared to go. “Murphy ended up Texas
’31-24 triumph over Houston after Ewers left the game in the third quarter Saturday.Murphy finished 1 of 2 passes for 7 backyards versus Houston
, and he directed the Longhorns on what ended up being the game-winning goal drive.A freshman redshirt in
2022, Murphy held off Manning, an early enrollee, this spring and summer to hold on to the No. 2 task. Murphy has actually appeared in 4 games in mop-up
duty however is just 4 of 8 passing in general. Manning has actually not played yet.Sarkisian called both”elite competitors.””Maalik a natural passer. He tosses an extremely gorgeous ball,”Sarkisian stated.”There’s not a toss he can’t make.”Info from The Associated Press added to this report.