Sarkisian 的第一年没有按计划进行, 结束赛季 5-7 和 losing six consecutive games during October and November that included an embarrassing loss to Kansas, the program’s first loss to the Jayhawks since 2016.
But with an offseason where Texas grabbed the headlines, getting a commitment from five-star 2023 quarterback Arch Manning and obtaining the services of Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers, Sarkisian is looking for a bounce-back season in year two.
“Last year was difficult in having two players that were new to the [进攻] 系统, and that’s always hard, especially when one of them isn’t a returning starter who had really been in the fire,” Sarkisian said. “今年, even though they’re new, 哈德逊 [Card]’s got a little experience, and Quinn is coming in from another program. The reality is Quinn should really be a freshman in college. He reclassified after preseason camp had started. It was kind of a wash of a season for him.”
The Longhorns once again have a quarterback battle on their hands as Card and Ewers duke it out for starter. Regardless of who winds up winning the job, Sarkisian believes the supporting cast around the quarterback will be better built for success after the program was able to get rid of some “bad apples” from the previous season.
“The kids knew not everybody in that locker room was all-in last year,” Sarkisian said to ESPN. “I think they could feel it, and they wanted to weed out some of the warts, some of the bad apples. I think they got a sense of reality about some of the things we were talking about and trying to instill last offseason. I don’t know how much they gave credence to it, and then those same things reared their ugly head in-season.
“They came back in January with this mindset of, ‘We’ve got to take these things to heart because they will show up again.’ They’ve made that investment and bought into every aspect of it, and you can feel it among our team.”
Sarkisian says he “has an idea” of who he’ll name as starting quarterback, and would like to inform the team sooner rather than later as Texas prepares to take on Louisiana-Monroe in week one before welcoming Nick Saban and No. 1 Alabama to Austin on Sept. 10.