Texas Longhorns Coach Steve Sarkisian Releases Update On QB Quinn Ewers Injury

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On Saturday in Austin, the No. 7 Texas Longhorns defeated the No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats 33-30 in overtime to improve to 8-1. Once again, Maalik Murphy started in place of the injured Quinn Ewers, who has now missed two games because of the throwing shoulder injury he sustained in the 31-24 victory over the Houston Cougars on October 21.

In his postgame press conference, Texas coach Steve Sarkisian provided a brief update on Ewers’ condition.

“Quinn’s update, he’s moving in the right direction. How quickly, I don’t exactly know yet,” Sarkisian said. “… One of the strengths of this team is our depth, and quarterback is no different. Hopefully we can get Quinn back.”

Bruce Feldman of FOX College Football Insiders stated prior to kickoff on Saturday that there is hope for Ewers to make a comeback the following week when playing on the road against the TCU Horned Frogs.

“He did throw on Thursday,” Feldman said. “We’re told they are optimistic he could return as early as next week at TCU.”

Although Murphy is now 2-0 as a starter, the victory on Saturday was far from flawless. His passing efficiency was 19 of 37 for 248 yards and one touchdown, but he also had two interceptions—both of which were dubious throws that could have been picked off. In his past two games, he has committed four turnovers.

Given Murphy’s uneventful day, it makes sense that curiosity is now focused on Ewers’ potential return date. Despite his errors, Murphy deserves a lot of credit for making some crucial throws in the closing moments, but the Texas offense is better with Ewers back in the mix.

“I know this much, our team is fighting through a lot of stuff from an injury standpoint,” Sarkisian said. ” … In the meantime, we’re gonna try to pour in to things that Maalik continues to do well, and then try to work on some of the issues there and take care of the ball.”

The kickoff time for Texas vs. TCU on Saturday is still pending.