Arch Manning Texas quarterback Arch Manning (16) throws a pass during the first Texas Longhorns football practice of 2023 at the Frank Denius Fields on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Monday, March 6, 2023. Aem Texfoot First 2023 Practice 12

Even before he takes his first snap in college football, the expectations of Arch Manning have grown. The five-star quarterback out of New Orleans who is the nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning, surprisingly choose Texas over the likes of Alabama and Georgia.

But his lackluster performance in the Longhorns spring game seems to have some questioning the freshman’s abilities on the field and one former Longhorns QB thinks it’s unfair.

Colt McCoy, who lead the Longhorns to the national championship game back in 2009 against Alabama, says that the expectations being placed on Manning are a bit unfair.

“I think Texas is really starving to win 10 games again,” McCoy said. “All of a sudden, they get the No. 1 recruit in the country. Only other time they’ve done that was when they got Vince Young. The expectations for [Manning] on campus, I’m sure, are crazy. That’s not necessarily fair to him.”

Having the Manning name alone brings a lot of pressure because of his family legacy. Both his uncles and grandfather were very successful in college.

He is supposed to be the next great Manning and if he doesn’t fulfill that promise, a lot of folks in Austin will be disappointed.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.