Fans Grade Arch Manning’s Spring Game Performance

Arch Manning throws a pass in the Texas spring game.

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Arch Manning suited up for the Texas Longhorns in the program’s annual spring game Saturday, giving fans a glimpse of what to expect from the five-star freshman on the field.

Many rushed to social media to post reactions to his play, with the majority being left a bit disappointed with the output.

The college football world has been ready for Manning’s debut performance ever since his commitment to UT. He has much to live up to as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncles before him.

While many are eager to see him under center, he still sits at third on the Texas depth chart. Still, viewers got their wish in the Longhorns’ recent Orange and White Game.

Unfortunately for those watching, Manning’s outing left much to be desired. He was outshined by both passers that currently sit ahead of him in the QB competition.

Though spring games are essentially a glorified practice, it doesn’t stop fans from overreacting to the scrimmage performances. We saw that firsthand over the weekend as the Texas rookie looked very much like a freshman with his play on the field.

Manning finished the day with 30 yards through the air on 13 attempts. At times, you’d get a brief look at his lofty potential, but for the most part, it was meh.

After the game, head coach Steve Sarkisian quickly reiterated that Quinn Ewers, who threw for 195 yards, remains QB1.

Fans online were quick to react to the performance, posting their responses on social media.

One person said, “Genuinely don’t think Arch Manning would play a single down at Alabama,” while another wrote, “Hope he gets the development he needs.”

This fan commented, “He looked terrible, and folks don’t want to admit it.”

It wasn’t the start that Manning was looking for, but it’s far too early in his career to make judgement on his future. A year of two as a backup in the system might do him some good.