Can Texas QB Quinn Ewers make bounce in 2024 with Arch Manning lurking?

by Christina S. Brown
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The Texas Longhorns are able to go underneath head coach Steve Sarkisian, who has continued to roll with quarterback and former five-star recruit Quinn Ewers.

That stated, if Texas needs to win the School Soccer Playoff, does it want its quarterback to make a considerable bounce? And the way a lot of an element is Arch Manning roaming within the background?

On the newest version of “The No. 1 School Soccer Present with RJ Younger,” On3’s Andy Staples mentioned Ewers’ 2024 outlook with host RJ Younger.

“I’m curious if Arch does wind up coming in, would he wind up staying in? Final yr, you had Maalik [Murphy] are available in, and so they [Texas] virtually misplaced to Kansas State, and that’s the hazard when you’ve got a backup quarterback within the sport. The yr earlier than, they needed to play Hudson Card. I believe they really feel much more comfy now if they have to play Arch if Quinn will get damage. I am curious what occurs if we do get a style of Arch. Quinn’s the one a part of this entire factor that I am not totally offered on,” Staples stated. “Once I was selecting the Sugar Bowl final yr, I picked Washington to win as a result of I had extra religion in Michael Penix Jr. than I had in Quinn. I am not saying Quinn’s a foul quarterback. I am simply saying the extent you have to play at to win a Nationwide Championship is extraordinarily excessive; the bar is excessive. You are going to be enjoying in opposition to some actually good dudes. 

“Is he going to take that subsequent step? Is he going to turn out to be like a first-round draft choose at quarterback? He definitely has all of the instruments and the arm expertise, however can he put all of it collectively, and might he keep wholesome as a result of it hasn’t occurred but?”

Ewers has been the Longhorns’ main quarterback the previous two seasons; he transferred to Austin after spending the 2021 season at Ohio State. As alluded to, accidents have held Ewers again, as he missed three video games in 2022 with a shoulder damage and two video games in 2023 as a consequence of one other shoulder damage.

Final season, Ewers totaled 3,479 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, six interceptions and a 158.6 passer score, whereas finishing 69.0% of his passes. He additionally ran for 5 touchdowns. 

Ewers and the Longhorns went 11-1 within the common season after which beat Oklahoma State within the Huge 12 Championship Recreation, serving to them safe a spot within the School Soccer Playoff. Washington was the tip of the road for Texas within the semifinal spherical, although, because it misplaced 37-31. Texas went 8-5 the yr prior, with Ewers beginning 10 video games.

Coming into his senior season, Ewers is among the many early candidates to be the primary quarterback off the board within the 2025 NFL Draft, joined by Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders and Georgia’s Carson Beck.

RJ Younger and Andy Staples focus on what to anticipate from Texas within the 2024 season

In the meantime, Manning, one other five-star recruit, was the Longhorns’ third-string quarterback behind Ewers and Murphy — who transferred to Duke after the common season — in 2023. Manning threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns within the Longhorns’ spring sport and is anticipated to again up Ewers subsequent season.

Texas is coming into its first season within the SEC. An out-of-conference matchup in opposition to the defending-champion Michigan Wolverines, a house sport in opposition to the 2021 and 2022-champion Georgia Bulldogs and an in-state street battle in opposition to Texas A&M are among the many noteworthy video games on the Longhorns’ 2024 schedule.

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