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Casey Thompson reveals why time was right to leave Texas

Austin Brezina03/09/22
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Former Texas Longhorns quarterback Casey Thompson spoke on Wednesday about why the time was right for him to leave Texas and transfer to Nebraska. Thompson took over the starting quarterback role for Texas in their second game of the season last year, but a disappointing finish to the season opened the door for Thompson to think about a change of scenery.

Casey Thompson on his decision to leave Texas

“Honestly, I think sometimes in life you just feel like it’s time for a restart. It’s time for a change,” said Thompson. “I kind of just felt like, you know, I stuck around and I went through different offenses and coaching staffs and I just felt like it was time for me to move on.

“It was a hard decision but my first few weeks here, now that I’m in spring ball, I have no regrets. I really love it here. I enjoy the fan base. I enjoy the team. I enjoy that everyone here just loves football. There’s good people in Nebraska, here in Lincoln and the coaching staff and people in this organization, I think they’re great people with my character and it couldn’t have been better how it turned out.”

The timing of his decision appeared to work out well for Texas, as the transfer portal brought them a star in former Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers. For Thompson however, it wouldn’t have changed anything for him if Ewers didn’t transfer to Texas, he appears to be happy with his decision. His love of the culture at Nebraska seems to be a good fit for Thompson, who will look to bring his touchdown-scoring ability to a Cornhuskers team that struggled to put points on the board last year.

Texas finished their 2021 season with a 5-7 record, and head coach Steve Sarkisian planned to use the offseason to explore all options available for the quarterback position. Thompson left Texas with 2,422 yards passing, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions through 19 games.