The Texas Longhorns come into the upcoming 2023 season as the No. 12 ranked team in the country, their highest preseason ranking since 2019. With such high expectations, many are begging the question. Will Arch Manning get a chance to see the field in his freshman season?
Manning obviously comes to the program with a ton of hype, coming to Texas with both a great family lineage and as the No. 1 overall high school recruit in the 2023 high school class according to 247 Sports.
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian has already revealed that it will be Quinn Ewers and not Arch Manning that will be the starting quarterback for Texas in their season-opening game against the Rice Owls.
However, according to Andy Staples of On3 Sports, this doesn’t exactly mean that we won’t see Manning start a game at Texas last season.
Staples discussed the possibility of Manning potentially starting a game this season during an appearance on the Awful Announcing Podcast, where he revealed that he thinks that Manning could potentially start for Texas if Ewers either gets hurt or potentially struggles.
“If Quinn Ewers gets hurt, it is certainly a possibility,” said Staples on Manning potentially starting. “I think that they are pretty much all in Ewers as the starter. But I think if he were to not perform or get hurt, we might see Arch.
Staples was then asked whether the hype surrounding Manning is justified, where he detailed that it is simply difficult to predict a star high school quarterback prospect transitioning to the college level.
“I have no idea, quarterback recruiting is a crap shoot. You have no idea who is going to be good and who isn’t. A guy can look amazing in high school and throw the most beautiful ball you have ever seen, and then they get in a game and can’t figure it out. It is the ultimate crap shoot.”
Only time will tell whether Manning will pan out as a quarterback at Texas, but fans are certainly hoping that we see a glimpse of his potential at some point this coming season.
[Awful Announcing Podcast]