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Texas QB Quinn Ewers announces return for 2024 season

The rising redshirt junior quarterback plans to lead the Longhorns for a third season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 02 Big 12 Championship Game - Texas vs Oklahoma State Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Texas Longhorns rising redshirt junior quarterback Quinn Ewers announced his return for the 2024 season on Thursday with a video posted to Instagram.

“Dear Longhorn Nation, ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of playing quarterback at the University of Texas,” said Ewers. “I couldn’t be more thankful to all my teammates and coaches and I’m beyond grateful to be in the position that I’m in. God has shown me who I truly am these past two years that I’ve been here and through the ups and downs, these fans and this university has always had my back. With that being said, I’m coming back. Hook ‘em.”

After leading the Longhorns to a 12-1 and the program’s first berth in the College Football Playoffs for the first time, Ewers has decided that he’s got unfinished business following the Sugar Bowl loss to the Huskies that included four chances to score the game-winning touchdown from inside the Washington 15-yard line — the Southlake Carroll product will return to Austin with national championship aspirations while looking to improve his draft stock.

Ewers seemed to foreshadow the decision in the Sugar Bowl post-game press conference.

“I know that we’re going to work as hard as we can to try to be back and that’s all we can really do is attack the offseason the right way and just continue to build this team to what it’s capable of being,” said Ewers,

Buzz began building in mid-November around the potential for Ewers to return in 2024 after he recovered from a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder sustained against Houston that caused him to miss the next two games.

“One more year with my teammates and one more year of development with Coach Sark made the most sense,” Ewers told ESPN.

Factors in the decision to bypass the 2024 NFL Draft include the injury history of Ewers missing parts of seven games in his two seasons on the Forty Acres due to two shoulder injuries, the crowded quarterback class in this year’s draft, and the potential to recoup any loss of NFL income through NIL while improving his draft stock.

The 6’2, 195-pound passer started the last two seasons for the Longhorns after transferring from Ohio State, fulfilling his dream to play for Texas. A consensus five-star prospect out of high school ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2021 recruiting class, Ewers threw for 5,656 yards and 37 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while completing 64.3 percent of his passes over the last two years.

Ewers took a significant leap from his first season at Texas to his second season at Texas. With just one additional game, Ewers threw for roughly 1,000 more yards, six more touchdowns, and posted a completion percentage 15 percentage points higher while throwing the same number of interception. He also become a more dangerous runner with four more rushing touchdowns.

“I think the thing you see is that he’s had continual growth from a year ago. That’s not just Quinn, but also just the rest of the team, along with his skill group, are in sync. You can see they’re executing at an extremely high level. I think his command of the offense has continued to improve from a year ago,” Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer said after his team arrived in New Orleans before the Sugar Bowl.

“And so we’re expecting a much-different football team than we saw, which was a very good football team, even a year ago. And so he’s protected. He understands, I think, just from a football sense, it’s another year into your career. And so I’ve been very impressed. He can deliver the ball, put it wherever he wants.

The return of Ewers significantly changes the outlook for Texas next season — having a seasoned veteran at quarterback lessens the burden on a wide receiver corps expected to be relatively inexperienced next year and allows Arch Manning another year to prepare to take over as the starter.