Uncle Eli is weighing in.
With Quinn Ewers set to return for the 2024 season, it seems likely that Texas quarterback Arch Manning will have to bide his time for another year before taking the starting position. On Friday, Eli Manning, briefly shared his thoughts on his nephew’s future in Austin.
During an appearance on the “Zach Gelb Show,” Manning was asked whether Arch should consider entering the transfer portal due to Ewers’ return. The two-time Super Bowl champion swiftly dismissed that notion.
“No,” Manning replied firmly. “He chose Texas because that’s where he wants to be, that’s where he wants to play football. He’s fond of Coach Sarkisian and his offensive scheme.”
Manning emphasized that Arch had anticipated his redshirt year last season to gain experience, even though the plan may have shifted with Ewers’ return.
“It’s another year for Arch to develop, familiarize himself with the offense, and strengthen himself physically in the weight room,” Manning continued. “One should always be prepared to play; you never know what might happen.”
Manning cautioned against using the transfer portal as an easy solution for quarterbacks, emphasizing the importance of commitment and perseverance.
“Just because transferring is more accessible now doesn’t mean it’s always the best decision,” Manning advised.
Although Arch may not start next season, Texas coach Steve Sarkisian recently expressed high praise for the five-star quarterback’s potential.
“I believe Arch has an exceptionally bright future. We’re incredibly fortunate to have him on our roster,” Sarkisian remarked. “He possesses outstanding leadership qualities and a remarkable skill set.”
The sentiment echoed by many in the football community is that patience is indeed a virtue, and if Arch remains dedicated to the Longhorns, he will reap the rewards in due time.