Texas football's Steve Sarkisian gets brutally honest about Arch Manning's future

Austin, Texas - Will Arch Manning live up to the hype as a future football legend with the Texas Longhorns?

Texas football's head coach Steve Sarkisian offered a brutally honest admission on Arch Manning's growth thus far.
Texas football's head coach Steve Sarkisian offered a brutally honest admission on Arch Manning's growth thus far.  © Tim Warner / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

No high school football player in recent memory has arrived at a college campus with as high of expectations on their shoulders as Arch Manning.

Manning was seemingly expected by many to be a perfect prodigy who would immediately become a starter and win the Heisman Trophy as a true freshman.

However, after various spring practices and Texas football's spring game, the expectations many once had of Manning have seemingly fallen to the wayside.

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Following the team's annual spring game, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian publicly declared returning starter Quinn Ewers as the team's starting quarterback entering the 2023-24 season.

With Maalik Murphy taking snaps as a backup quarterback, fans' concerns are growing about whether Manning can live up to the hype or if he'll be a bust.

However, during a recent radio interview with 105.3 The Fan, Sarkisian made a brutally honest admission about Manning.

Arch Manning is on the right trajectory according to Sarkisian

Based on Texas football's stacked quarterback roster, Arch Manning may redshirt his first season as a Longhorn.
Based on Texas football's stacked quarterback roster, Arch Manning may redshirt his first season as a Longhorn.  © Tim Warner / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

"He's on the right trajectory that he should be on," Sarkisian said in the radio interview. "He's a true freshman in college. He really should still be in high school, just finished his first semester on the 40 Acres. And so there is a definite transition there."

Sarkisian added: "There's a transition to college life, there's a transition to the scheme that he hasn't been accustomed to, there's a transition to the speed of the game and how it goes. So there were a lot of really good moments that Arch had throughout the spring, and there were a couple tough days."

Based on Texas' quarterback roster, Manning is likely to redshirt his first season as a Longhorn to develop and grow as a passer.

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"I think there's a lot of room to grow for him this summer," Sarkisian added.

"There's going to be a lot of room for him to grow in fall camp. ... I'm super pumped that Arch Manning is on our team, and he's going to be a great Longhorn before it's all said and done."

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