Oct 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Casey Thompson (11) throws over Baylor Bears defensive lineman TJ Franklin (90) in the first half of an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

With the news last week that Quinn Ewers was transferring to Texas (the place he originally committed to play), it seemed likely that we might see some of the current Longhorns quarterbacks decide to leave. And that’s what happened on Friday.

Casey Anderson has decided to enter the transfer portal, according to The Athletic.

Thompson was the starting quarterback for the 5-7 Longhorns this past season after serving as the backup in his first two years. He finished the season going 165-of-261 for 2,113 yards, 24 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also ran for 157 yards and four rushing scores. He became the first quarterback in Texas history to throw for five touchdowns three times in a season and the first Big 12 quarterback to throw for five touchdowns and score a running touchdown in a game since Kyler Murray did it in 2018.

A four-star recruit out of Oklahoma, Thompson initially committed to Texas over offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, and many other major programs.

As a grad transfer, Thompson will likely be looking to play somewhere where there is an immediate quarterback need. Virginia Tech, TCU, and Houston stand out as potential opportunities.

In the meantime, the announcement brought with it certain reactions from the college football world on social media.

Steve Sarkisian might be banking his job on Quinn Ewers next season so it will be very interesting to see how this all plays out for them and for Thompson, wherever he ends up.

[Max Olson]

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