Texas Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers will get the first shot as the team’s starter in their opening game against Rice. However, one Big 12 coach believes that Arch Manning could potentially unseat him as the starter at some point this coming season.
Ewers did enough in spring practices to impress Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian enough to hold off Manning. The Texas offense as a whole will look entirely different without star running back Bijan Robinson after his departure to the NFL.
There could be some struggles offensively without Robinson, and one Big 12 defensive coordinator believes that this could lead to a quarterback change in Texas’s future if Ewers does indeed struggle.
“Last year, they were really solid at running back, so you don’t put a lot of pressure on your quarterback. They’re going to be finding their way a little bit. I know he’s going to get a lot of hype and all that, but I don’t think he’s as good [as other Big 12 QBs]. I would watch for the other kid [Manning] to unseat him at some point.”
Arch Manning obviously comes to Texas with a ton of hype, with the impressive family lineage of having Eli and Peyton Manning as uncles and as the No. 1 college football recruit in the 2023 recruiting class.
At this point, it seems like Steve Sarkisian is all in on Quinn Ewers as the starter. But it will certainly be interesting to see if his mindset shifts if things don’t go to plan early in the season.