Arch Manning adds pressure to Texas' quarterback competition
Austin, Texas - Longhorn freshman quarterback Arch Manning's debut with Texas football has put major pressure on returning quarterback Quinn Ewers.
,14 newcomers from Texas’ top-ranked 2023 signing class are already on campus and participating in spring practices.
Though Manning's chances of becoming the starting quarterback for Texas are looking slim due to the strength of returning quarterbacks Ewers and Maalik Murphy, it's likely that the No. 1 overall recruit has been putting pressure on the two passers.
Third-year tight end Ja'Tavion Sanders recently spoke about Manning's progress during spring training and offered some insight into Texas' quarterback battle.
Sanders revealed that the quarterback room has made the most progress of any other thus far, while claiming that the quarterback competition has helped each passer progress in their personal development.
"I think getting Arch definitely made Quinn step up his game for sure," Sanders said.
Ewers started 10 games for the Longhorns in 2022 after transferring to Texas from Ohio State, and is currently seen as the leader of the quarterback group followed by Murphy.
"You can just tell Quinn is in a different mode this year," Sanders noted. "The way he carries himself, the way he comes into the facility – he’s starting to be more of a leader. I’m loving the way he’s stepping up, for sure."
Arch Manning still has starter potential as a freshman quarterback
If there’s anyone qualified to take the job from 2021’s top-rated recruit, it’s Manning!
Throughout his time at Isidore Newman School, Manning racked up 8,599 passing yards and 115 touchdowns across his four-year career as a starter, breaking the previous school record for career passing yards and touchdowns set by his uncles Eli and Payton.
Manning is set to participate in Texas' Orange-White spring game on Saturday at 1 PM local time.
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