A great spring practice could propel Arch Manning past Quinn Ewers to be the Texas starter.
“This town ain’t big enough for the two of us…”
After five-star Quinn Ewers transferred in from THE Ohio State University, another five-star in Arch Manning came over from New Orleans to mess with Texas. These are two of the highest-rated high school quarterbacks we have seen in some time. However, only one of them will be the Week 1 starter for Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorns. Could Manning beat out Ewers in Spring Practice?
It is perhaps not long enough of a runway to honestly pull that off, but here is how it could happen.
Texas football: How Arch Manning can beat out Quinn Ewers in Spring Practice
3. Honestly, kind of lean into being a teacher’s pet to Steve Sarkisian of sorts
It is kind of hard to describe this, but hear me out. The single biggest reason why Manning committed to Texas was to play for Steve Sarkisian. He may have had a good connection with quarterbacks coach A.J. Milwee throughout the recruiting process, but it always boiled down to Sark. Not to say Manning needs to be his little minion, but he needs to always show he is his guy.
As far as the “teacher’s pet” label is concerned, it is more about being ready to react positively to anything and everything Sarkisian throws his way. If Sark wants to use him as an example of how a quarterback should do something in this offense, then by all means, be the best example humanly possible. In a way, be the golden boy everybody thinks you are. It is not a horrible idea.
This is more of an attentiveness mantra than anything. If Ewers goes out with the boys the night before or is not totally locked in at practice, this is where the eating of the lunch commences. It is Ewers’ job to lose, but he has far from earned it up to this point. It is all about closing the gap incrementally every single day. By the end of spring practice, we might have a new Texas starter.
It is all about showing a level of maturity that most seniors still in high school cannot put forth.