The Big 12’s more experienced quarterbacks have already been sidelined this season for very different reasons.
Skylar Thompson got off to a good start in his sixth year in the Kansas State program before suffering a knee injury that would keep him out indefinitely. Fourth-year Iowa State starter Brock Purdy was benched in the fourth quarter of the biggest home game in program history, though coach Matt Campbell has since reiterated his “great confidence. In the quarterback.
Texas freshman coach Steve Sarkisian is already shuffling the starters, replacing Hudson Card, an inconsistent freshman in a red shirt, with junior Casey Thompson.
All of this only takes place over two games this season, and the unexpected changes to the game’s most important position extend beyond the Big 12.
When starting quarterback JT Daniels was out for second-ranked Georgia with an oblique injury, substitute Stetson Bennett stepped in and tied a school record with five first-half touchdown passes. No. 7 Texas A&M will be without red-shirted first-year quarterback Haynes King indefinitely after surgery to mend his broken right leg. Phil Jurkovec of Boston College could miss the remainder of the season following hand surgery.
LUCK OF THOMPSON BUTTON
Skylar Thompson took advantage of the extra year of eligibility given to all players due to the pandemic after missing most of last season with a right shoulder injury. He lowered his left shoulder and rushed into the end zone as he raced for K-State’s first TD in a season-opener win over Stanford, then led the Wildcats to a Quick TD in their second game and was on the edge of another when he suddenly collapsed to the ground.
“Seeing him fall and it will always be a shock because he’s a good guy and a great player for us,” said running back Deuce Vaughn, who was behind the quarterback when he injured himself rolling to the right.
Wildcats coach Chris Klieman said the injury wouldn’t end the season, but called it “frustrating because it’s like it’s not fair.” Why does this happen to someone two years in a row? “Thompson’s 32 career starts are tied for most in school history.
Will Howard was once again pressed into the starting role like he was a freshman last year. He went through it all last spring with the No. 1 offense while Thompson was still rehabilitating his throwing shoulder.
Iowa State has seen turnovers on three straight drives, including two interceptions by Purdy, and dropped 17 points early in the fourth quarter of their highly anticipated home game against home rival Iowa when Campbell was placed the QB Hunter Dekkers in second year.
The 27-17 loss sent the Cyclones, last season’s Big 12 finalists, down five spots from No.1.14 in the new AP poll. Purdy, still without a TD pass, is expected to be back under center when Iowa State plays UNLV on Saturday night.
“Brock and I have a great relationship and he really has a lot of faith in who we are,” said Campbell. “Likewise, we have great confidence in who he is.”
THOMPSON IN TEXAS
Most Texas fans thought Casey Thompson would be the easy choice as a 2021 starter when he came off the bench to throw four touchdowns in eight passes in the Alamo Bowl win over Colorado last December before. that Sarkisian is not hired. But the fourth-year player couldn’t shake off the spring and summer training camp competition with Card.
After a strong opening win over No. 23 Louisiane-Lafayette, the Longhorns were passed 40-21 by former SWC rival and future SEC nemesis Arkansas, and were knocked out of the 15th AP ballot.
“You could tell at first that Hudson was a bit shaken up,” said Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown.
Thompson led two TDs against Arkansas after reaching the third quarter when Texas was already far behind. His first ever high school start in November 2017 is scheduled for Saturday against Rice. He considered leaving Texas after the 2018 season, but stayed and spent two seasons as Sam Ehlinger’s best replacement. Thompson said he hadn’t considered leaving when Card was named the starter two weeks ago.
“At this point I’m already in this business, I’ve waited so long,” Thompson said Tuesday. There was no way I could just stop and give up at this point. “
ALL-AMERICAN, OLD OR QB
After throwing for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma sophomore and AP All-America preseason quarterback, is off to a good start. He completed 50 of 65 passes for 547 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions for the number one. 3 Early (2-0).
Two former Sooners quarterbacks start against each other on Saturday, when Tanner Mordecai and SMU play at Louisiana Tech and Austin Kendall. They were OU teammates during the 2018 season.
“It’s great to watch,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “It’s not surprising to me. … There is no doubt in my mind that these guys were entry-level players. “
Fourth-year sophomore Mordecai threw for 629 yards and 11 touchdowns in two games for SMU, just 10 yards short than he combined in his 12 appearances for the Sooners in the past three. years. Kendall is a sixth year senior who was in West Virginia for the past two seasons after two seasons in Oklahoma.
AP Sports writers Dave Skretta and Jim Vertuno contributed to this report.
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