- Arch Manning appeared in only two games for the Longhorns as a freshman
- Arch could enter the NCAA transfer portal during a 15-day window in April
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Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning insisted that his nephew Arch wants to be in Texas despite sitting out most of his first season with the Longhorns.
In an interview with CBS Sports Radio in Las Vegas ahead of Super Bowl LVIII, Manning cited that many quarterbacks – including himself – redshirt their first season in college and grow from there. He also reiterated his nephew’s desire to remain in Texas despite having the option to transfer.
‘He picked Texas because that’s where he wants to be,’ Eli said. ‘That’s where he wants to play football. He likes Coach Sarkisian and his offense and what they’re doing.
‘I know he wants to play. He’s itching to get in there. But being patient, continuing to learn can be very helpful as well.’
Arch appeared in two games as a freshman, deeming his first season as a redshirt due to limited playing time.
Eli Manning insisted that his nephew Arch ‘wants to be’ in Texas despite the lack of minutes
Arch Manning only appeared in two games for the longhorns during his freshman season
Arch emerged as a third-string quarterback in Texas behind Quinn Ewers and Maalik Murphy
His first appearance came in a win over Texas Tech in November where Arch entered in the third quarter and completed two of five passes for 30 yards. His next game saw Arch kneel down on the final snap of the Big 12 championship game.
Upon his arrival, Arch emerged as a third-string quarterback for Steve Sarkisian behind Quinn Ewers and Maalik Murphy. He had the opportunity to move up when Murphy announced his transfer to Duke. However, Arch’s chances of starting were stunted when Ewers opted to stay in college for another season rather than entering the NFL Draft.
With Ewers’ return, Sarkisian revealed that there will be no competition at quarterback.
Arch previously admitted how challenging his freshman year was after being the primary option through his high school career. Ahead of the CFP semifinals, Arch told reporters he had not looked into transferring despite going through ‘a lot of tough days.’
Eli remained adamant that Arch should use the delay to prepare for his moment to take the field.
‘Obviously, the plan was maybe Ewers would go into the NFL,’ Eli said. ‘But he’s there. It’s another year for Arch to mature, learn an offense, get bigger, stronger in the weight room and always be prepared to play. You never know what’s gonna happen.
‘He’s gotta be ready. If not, then he gets some playing time here and there and he’s got three more years of eligibility at a great school, at a great football program on the rise.’