By Jonathan Gurley:
Quinn Ewers and Ja’Tavion Sanders developed a fast connection in the Horn’s 52-10 victory over the University of Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks (ULM). It was easy to tell early that Ewers had a ton of confidence in sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders as the duo connected eight times for 85 yards in a touchdown.
After an early pick from Quinn Ewers on his second throw of the game, he settled down quickly on the second drive. After four straight runs from Bijan Robinson, Ewers completed his first pass as a longhorn to Sanders on 4th and 4 for a gain of five. That was not the only time the two connected on this drive. The drive ended when Quinn hit Sanders for a 19-yard score to make it 14-3 Texas. The Horns scored a touchdown on ULM’s first drive of the game when D’Shawn Jamison blocked a punt, which Kellin Robinson took to the house to make it a 7-0 game. Quinn showed flashes at multiple points in the game, but you can still notice the rookie mistakes that need to be polished. But it’s alright; he is young. A significant positive was the young lineman Cole Hudson and Kelven Banks Jr., who are true freshmen who looked like four-year starters. They allowed Quinn to have time and a clean pocket. He was sacked only once, a significant improvement from last year. Quinn’s two best throws of the night were two 25 strikes to Sanders in which both drives ended in Bijan Robison’s touchdown, one of them a 16-yard receiving TD and a 9-yard rushing TD. Quinn’s last drive of the game was a five-play 50, yard scoring drive that was also the last we saw of Sanders for the night. Sanders was the headline of the 2021 recruiting class; he was a five-star athlete who played defensive end and tight end who did not play much his first year but made an immense impact tonight as Quinn’s favorite target. These two were in sync all night. Could we maybe see the start of something special in Austin?