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Texas starting quarterback: Casey Thompson to start vs. Kansas

As the Longhorns look to end a four-game losing skid, they will turn to Casey Thompson as the starter vs. KU.

Texas Longhorns QB Casey Thompson drops back to pass during game between the Texas Longhorns and the Baylor Bears on October 30, 2021 at McLane Stadium in Waco, TX. Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Update 6:35 p.m. ET: Head coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed that Casey Thompson will get the nod tonight. He’s sticking with his young signal-caller even after last week’s embarrassing loss to Iowa State.

The Texas Longhorns appear to be changing things up at quarterback ahead of Saturday’s home matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks with Casey Thompson and Hudson Card expected to play.

Card opened the season as the starter before head coach Steve Sarkisian quickly turned to Thompson after the first two games of the season. Thompson started every games since but was benched for Card early in last week’s 30-7 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones as the Longhorns fell short in their fourth consecutive game.

Sarkisian has yet to name the official starter for Saturday’s matchup, but he mentioned both players will see the field.

On the season, Thompson has completed 63% of his passes for 1,556 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions, while Card has a much smaller sample size but completed 61.3% of throws for 415 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Texas started out 4-1 but will need to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible, while Kansas has just one win this season in Year 1 under Lance Leipold.

The Longhorns are a 30.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.