No. 1 Recruit Arch Manning Falls To 3rd String On Texas’ Spring Depth Chart

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Arch Manning is looking to make a splash in his freshman season, but it may not come as quickly as many anticipated. The former top overall recruit slipped down the depth chart in Texas’s most recent spring practice.

While many knew he’d fall behind incumbent starter Quinn Ewers, most believed he’d be the second option under center in Austin. On Tuesday, redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy took second-team reps, pushing Manning down a peg.

Manning took the college football world by storm after landing with the Longhorns, quickly showing off his ability on the field. Fans got a better glimpse of the passer in his first spring practice session earlier this month, and again, they were wowed.

Those fans don’t make the depth charts, though, and Manning recently found himself in an unfamiliar spot on Tuesday. Third string.

Murphy is a physically imposing passer, standing 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. And while he didn’t suit up for the Longhorns last season, the four-star prospect has spent an extra year in the Texas offense.

That experience was obviously enough to give him the nod this week.

Many were quick to comment on that surprising turn of events.

Some jokingly posted about his inevitable transfer portal announcement.

While the news might shock some, it doesn’t appear to have affected Arch Manning much. In fact, he may be using it as motivation.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian said that he had his best day of practice in a Longhorns uniform on Tuesday, and he’s already benefitting from his time on campus.

Manning said the following about his early enrollment.

It’s definitely been a great head start… I’ve gotten bigger, faster, and stronger.

He appears to be putting in the work necessary. He may not stay buried on the depth chart much longer.