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Top quarterback prospect has towed car during game

Top quarterback prospect has towed car during game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Quinn Ewers had quite the debut as a Texas quarterback, even if it was a little rough around the edges.

The freshman threw his first interception before his first completion. He recovered nicely and threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe. But there were a handful of missed deep balls, and at one point, campus parking services towed his car, which he discovered after leaving the stadium that night.

Next: No. 1 Alabama, and a Crimson Tide defense that will be even stronger than the parking attendants.

“They’re fast,” Ewers said Monday in a casual analysis of all-anything linebacker Will Anderson and the Tide (1-0), who defeated Utah State 55-0. “They do everything the right way.”

Overall, Ewers received good post-game reviews from his coaches and teammates following his highly anticipated first start in burnt orange.

Texas running back Roschon Johnson (2) celebrates with teammates including Quinn Ewers (2), Jordan Whittington (4) and lineman Kelvin Banks Jr. (78), after scoring a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, September 3, 2022, in Austin, Texas.Michael Thomas/AP

Ewers was one of the top recruits in the country from high school in 2020. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he skipped his final season and signed with Ohio State. The boy with the old-fashioned mullet haircut was on his way to Columbus and drew a million-dollar name, picture and likeness, only to get stuck deep in the depth chart. Last season he took two photos.

After the Longhorns went 5-7, the door was open for the raw talent with a right arm slingshot to return to his home state. Last season’s starter Casey Thompson moved to Nebraska and Ewers defeated Hudson Card in training camp to take the No. 1 spot.

Once on the field, Ewers released a deep throw a fraction of a second too late and his first pass was aborted. His second pass was a short throw into cover, and the interception silenced the home crowd. Then came eight consecutive completions in three drives that ended with two touchdowns, a field goal and a 24-3 lead.

By then Texas was in complete control. Ewers called his first game a “great learning experience.”

“I’m glad I experienced some adversity,” he said. “I was able to get over that first small advantage.”

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said after the game that he did not reverse the offense after the turnover.

“You can’t expect him to ride this bike and do it with training wheels. I have to let him go,” Sarkisian said.

The blemish in the bounce back was the inability to hit multiple deep throws to fast wide receiver Xavier Worthy, who was open multiple times. Texas is dependent on the deep strike threat.

“I think I threw the ball where it needed to be, but I wish I had some throws back,” said Ewers. “We’ll fix it.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban called Ewers “an enormous talent” and expects him to make a big jump in his second game. But the Tide will try to exploit that limited gaming experience.

“This guy is a really, really good player and we’re going to have to do a great job of hopefully covering up a little bit of what we’re doing, so he needs to figure it out after he gets the ball in his hand,” said Saban. said. “But he has the talent to make the plays if he knows where to go, that’s for sure.”

Overall, Sarkisian said he liked what he saw from his young QB, how he handled the early turnovers and his ability to read defenses and make some tight throws in cover.

And the hard lesson about on-campus parking?

“He has to park where he has to park,” Sarkisian said.

Ewers tweeted about the towing incident on Saturday, but didn’t convey much more than a sheepish smile on Monday. He wouldn’t say if it was his new Aston Martin being towed from the garage next to the stadium.

But Ewers insisted he had to pay the fine to get it back.

“I’m a regular student,” Ewers said.

Texas Runs Back Bijan Robinson, who drives a Lamborghini, offered Ewers the secret to game-day parking: “I’m getting ripped off.”

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AP Sports Writer John Zenor contributed to this report.

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