Following one of his best performances in last week’s 26-25 win over rival Westlake, Texas recruit and Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card learned that a foot injury suffered Friday night will require surgery that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the season, Cavaliers coach Hank Carter confirmed Tuesday morning.
“It’s surreal,” Carter said of the news.
Card, a 2020 Texas commitment who plans to enroll early, suffered a significant turf toe injury during the first half of Friday’s game but never missed a snap. The injury included ligament damage that requires surgery to repair.
“It’s okay,” Card said. “It’s definitely not the news that I wanted to hear, but I’m just going to focus on getting better now. At least I ended on a memorable game.”
“He is one of the toughest guys we’ve had play here,” Carter said, noting that Card played part of the 2017 season with a broken left wrist and never missed a game.
Against Westlake, Card completed nine of 10 passes in the fourth quarter, including touchdowns to Kyle Eaves and Grayson Sandlin as Lake Travis erased 17-12 and 25-19 deficits. The win snapped a two-year losing streak to Westlake. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers.
If the injury is indeed season-ending, Card becomes the fourth player to suffer a season-ending injury. Kicker/linebacker Nathan Ellisor tore an ACL in the spring game. Tight end Lake McRee tore his ACL in preseason practice. Defensive end Trey Dorsett tore his ACL against Mansfield Timberview.
“It’s been a rough year for us,” Carter said.
Card is one of only three players to throw 50 touchdown passes in a season, along with Garrett Gilbert (twice) and Charlie Brewer. Card ranks third on the Cavaliers’ all-time list for touchdown passes with 76. He ranks sixth in career passing yards with 5,760.
Card played his sophomore season at receiver while serving as the backup quarterback, earning all-state honors in 2017. He caught 70 career passes for 1,144 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,308 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is one of only five Lake Travis players with 1,000 career yards rushing and receiving, joining running backs Shaun Nixon, Andy Erickson, Chris Aydam and Maleek Barkley.
In other injury news, the Cavaliers are awaiting an evaluation on running back Marcelo Alanis. The junior suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of Friday’s game and was getting evaluated Tuesday, Carter said.
With Card sidelined, junior Nate Yarnell will step behind center for the Cavaliers. The 6-foot-6 Yarnell has completed 73 percent of his passes this season with three touchdowns in five games as a backup. He already holds FBS scholarship offers from Houston and Tulsa.