Quinn Ewers puts huge pressure on Steve Sarkisian to get Texas back

Steve Sarkisian, Texas Longhorns. (Austin American-Statesman)
Steve Sarkisian, Texas Longhorns. (Austin American-Statesman) /

Steve Sarkisian is hitching his wagon to Quinn Ewers to help bring Texas football back.

Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian may have landed former Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers in the transfer portal, but the Longhorns are long way from being back.

It has been a running joke in college football that seems to have no end in sight. What will it take for Texas football to be back, honestly? Anything short of a conference championship or a trip to the College Football Playoff does not mean Texas is back, no matter what players like Sam Ehlinger said after the Sugar Bowl that one time. The question is will Sarkisian bring Texas back?

Landing Ewers in the transfer portal is a huge step in the right direction, but Texas still has so far to go before even thinking about being back.

Can Quinn Ewers help Steve Sarkisian bring Texas football … back?

Ewers may have four years of eligibility remaining, but he will not use all of them before turning pro, assuming he is as good as advertised. If Ewers is the next Tate Martell, no, Texas will not be back under Sarkisian by any stretch of the imagination. Should he be half as good as Vince Young or Colt McCoy, now we’re talking. Ewers is a piece to build around, but Texas has to win games.

Texas went a most horrendous 4-8 during Sarkisian’s first year in Austin. Will Texas be better in year two of the Sarkisian era? Let’s hope so! As far as how good Texas can be if Ewers emerges as the Week 1 starter for 2022, let’s say 7-5 is reasonable with an 8-4 record being about as good as it could get. Unfortunately, an 8-4 record is not winning a conference championship.

Simply put, 2023 is the year where it has to present itself for Texas. Admittedly, there needs to be signs of life in Sarkisian’s second season at the helm. Otherwise, that would indicate he is not the guy to lead the Longhorns long-term. While Ewers could be the next Bryce Young for all we know, Texas is not dripping with talent like Alabama has. This will be a slow and gradual build in Austin.

Ultimately, Sarkisian and Ewers have to work together to bring Texas football back. Unfortunately, that may coincide with a baptism by fire upon entering the unforgiving gauntlet that is the SEC. Then again, Ewers could be the best quarterback in the conference by that time. If that is the case, Texas might be good enough to go 10-2 and make the playoff as an at-large team out of the SEC.

Texas will be back eventually, but there are no guarantees it will happen under the current regime.

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