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Former Texas Star Thinks Longhorns Need A 'Black Quarterback' To Win

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger against Oklahoma.

DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Texas' football team is currently led by quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who is white. A former Longhorns star thinks his team needs a black quarterback in order to get back to a national championship level.

Earl Campbell, 64, told The Statesman that the Longhorns need to get a black quarterback who can run and pass.

"Until the University of Texas realizes you have to have a black quarterback, and nothing against Ehlinger, you got to have a talented, black quarterback,” Campbell told Kirk Bohls of The Statesman. “All these schools that are winning, even in the pros, have black quarterbacks. When guys are not open, something can still happen.”

Campbell, who starred as a running back at Texas before going No. 1 overall in the 1978 NFL Draft, reportedly cited multiple black quarterbacks who have had success. He's a big fan of Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.

“He reminds me of myself,” Earl said of Hurts. “He’s a calm individual. He doesn’t get too excited and keeps it all inside. (Alabama coach) Nick Saban did all he could to kill his motivation. Jalen is one of the most classy individuals I’ve ever seen play sports. It looks like Oklahoma is going to win the Heisman a third year in a row. It looks like he’s not even running, like he’s walking.”

Texas won a national championship with Vince Young, but the Longhorns haven't truly contended on a national title level since.

Several black quarterbacks have had great success on a national stage in recent seasons, from Deshaun Watson at Clemson to Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts at Alabama. Of course, last season's national title was won by Trevor Lawrence.

Texas fell to 5-3 on the 2019 season with Saturday's loss to TCU. The Longhorns will play No. 22 Kansas State next weekend.