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Steve Sarkisian doesn’t plan on redshirting Texas QB Hudson Card

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Zach Edwards serving as the holder against the Horned Frogs sparked speculation about Card’s playing status.

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When Texas Longhorns redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card lost the starting job to junior Casey Thompson following the blowout loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks, his biggest contributions moved to special teams, where he served as the holder for senior kicker Cameron Dicker.

But Card didn’t appear in that role on Saturday against TCU, giving way to Oklahoma transfer Zach Edwards, the backup long snapper, sparking speculation that Card might redshirt this season after appearing in the first four games.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian shot down that speculation on Monday during his weekly press conference.

“The only reason Zach was the holder was Dicker just felt more comfortable and it seemed to work out okay on field goals,” Sarkisian said.

With the Horned Frogs defense stymying the Longhorns in the red zone, Dicker’s kicks were essential to the victory in Fort Worth — he made all four field-goal attempts in the five-point win.

So Edwards might hold onto the job moving forward thanks to Dicker’s comfort level with him as the holder, but that doesn’t mean that Sarkisian has any plans to preserve Card’s redshirt.

“Nothing in my mind right now is that we are redshirting Hudson Card,” Sarkisian said. “Our mind is we’re continually preparing him to play and I expect him to play this year, that’s really the mindset.”

Card has completed 24-of-39 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns this season in his two starts and two backup appearances against Rice and Texas Tech.