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Hudson Card will be the starting quarterback for UT for Week 1. (UT)

Just as previous reports predicted, Austin native Hudson Card will be the starting quarterback for the long-awaited first week of Texas football, University of Texas head football coach Steve Sarkisian said on Monday.


Card will be the first starting quarterback since Sam Ehlinger's four-year reign came to a close as he takes to the field in front of a home crowd for the team's first game against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns on Saturday.

While Card was confirmed as the first pick after months of competing with teammate Casey Thompson in training, Sarkisian said in a Monday press conference that Thompson "will get his opportunity" and likely see some playing time as well. Sarkisian and the team will reevaluate their quarterback decision after Saturday's game.

Card, a native Austinite, is a redshirt freshman who attended Lake Travis High School, earning All American and all-state honors before beginning his collegiate career at the University of Texas-El Paso. After throwing one incomplete pass and running twice for eight yards, Card transferred to UT-Austin where he served as a third-string quarterback.

Card was seen as a second choice for Thompson for much of the offseason after Thompson successfully filled in as a reliever for Ehlinger in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. Card then came in as a third-string relief and completed one of two passes for five yards, running three yards in total.

Card will usher in the post-Ehlinger area after outshining competition in summer training. The redshirt freshman will debut alongside the new Texas team at Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4.

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