Are Quinn Ewers, Texas Longhorns a top-15 group?

Published:Mar 8, 202423:02
Are Quinn Ewers, Texas Longhorns a top-15 group?

Occasions could also be a-changing for the Texas Longhorns, in line with Joel Klatt. 

At first look, Texas' 4-2 report this season is not one thing to brag about. When one places the magnifying glass nearer, nevertheless, the Longhorns have been a extremely respected group within the 2022 school soccer season.

Texas started the season with a 52-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe and misplaced within the closing moments to Alabama the following week, 20-19. Quarterback Quinn Ewers left the loss to Alabama within the first quarter with a shoulder damage. Ewers then missed the group's ensuing three video games (a 41-20 victory over UTSA, a 37-34 extra time loss to Texas Tech and a 38-20 victory over West Virginia). Ewers returned for the Pink River Showdown, a dismantling of the Oklahoma Sooners.

Texas trounced Oklahoma 49-0, in what was the most important margin of victory within the rivalry's historical past, and on the most recent version of "The Joel Klatt Present," Klatt stated the now-No. 22 ranked Longhorns' victory was a glimpse of what could possibly be to come back for this system underneath head coach Steve Sarkisian.

"So far in Steve Sarkisian's profession at Texas, a minimum of it has been about potential and disappointment, and now for the primary time, I believe what we noticed on Saturday in Pink River was the realizing of the potential," Klatt stated. "We noticed what could possibly be with Texas bubble as much as the highest. We noticed them put all of it collectively not for 1 / 4, not for a drive, not for a half, not for 3 quarters, however for 4 quarters in an enormous second. That was an enormous second for them."

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Joel Klatt explains why the Longhorns confirmed their true potential towards the Sooners and breaks down why Texas is amongst the highest eight groups within the nation.

Ewers completed the Longhorns' Week 6 victory with 289 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, one interception and a 182.2 quarterback ranking, finishing 67.7% of his passes.

Texas additionally has one of the productive working backs within the nation in Bijan Robinson. He has totaled 645 speeding yards and 10 speeding touchdowns on 5.9 yards per carry. Robinson has additionally 203 receiving yards and one receiving landing.

The Longhorns are averaging 38.8 factors (fourth within the Massive 12), 445.3 yards (fifth), 178 speeding yards (seventh) and 267.3 passing yards (fifth) per recreation. They're additionally averaging 6.94 yards per play (third) and have 4 giveaways (tied for third). 

Defensively, the Longhorns are surrendering 17.8 factors (third within the Massive 12), 338.2 yards (fourth), 126.2 speeding yards (sixth) and 212 passing yards (second) per recreation. They're additionally giving up 4.53 yards per play (first) and have 4 takeaways (ninth).

Klatt sees Texas as a top-15 group because of their high-level protection and a wholesome Ewers underneath middle.

"Inform me that Texas should not be within the prime 15 proper now," Klatt stated. "In the event you're a top-15 group, do you wish to see Texas proper now? Completely not. Not with their protection enjoying higher, and never with Quinn Ewers at quarterback. Simply to point out you ways properly they're enjoying with him at quarterback, test this out: [Ewers] has been the quarterback for Texas this 12 months in 20 offensive series, so 20 drives. In these 20 drives that Ewers has been the quarterback, Texas is averaging 4.5 factors per drive. 

"Now you may be questioning, is that good, Joel? Let me provide you with this for context. C.J. Stroud — who proper now's actually within the driver seat of one in every of his Lambos that he is getting in an NIL deal for the Heisman Trophy race in the most effective offense within the nation at Ohio State — in his drives for Ohio State, they're averaging 4.49 factors per drive."

Kansas State (5-1 total, 3-0 in convention play) is in first place within the Massive 12. Texas (2-1 in convention play) is fifth. 4 of the Longhorns' six remaining video games are towards at the moment ranked Massive 12 opponents (Oklahoma State, Kansas State, TCU and Kansas).

"Presently, Texas is the most effective group within the Massive 12, and Quinn Ewers makes them that manner," Klatt concluded.

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