Texas Longhorns freshman quarterback Arch Manning has plenty of lofty expectations of him. Former Texas quarterback and current Arizona Cardinals backup Colt McCoy knows all too well about what it takes to play quarterback at the program. He revealed that he thinks the expectations on Manning are unfair.
Playing quarterback at a school like Texas is hard for anyone. Coming in with the spotlight that Manning had in college, along with his notable family legacy is a whole other animal.
McCoy appeared on the Green Light Podcast hosted by former NFL star Chris Long on Monday, detailing exactly what Manning is going through as a quarterback at Texas.
“When I was recruited there, Texas had won ten games in a season for like 11 straight years. So the program was competing and performing at a high level. Obviously we have had a dip over the last 12 or 13 years. I think Texas is really starving to win ten games again.
“Now they get the No. 1 recruit in the country, and the only other time they have done that I think was when they got Vince Young. I’m sure the expectations on him are crazy on campus. And that’s not necessarily fair to him.”
One thing going in Manning’s favor is that he likely isn’t going to be forced into action right away. Texas head coach Steve Sarkesian has already named Quinn Ewers the starter over Manning once the season begins.
That said, Manning will still be expected to perform at an extremely high level if he is forced into action this season. Even if he does have to wait until the 2024 season to play, he would be doing so in Texas’ first season in the SEC.