When Quinn Ewers announced that he would be returning to the Texas football program for another season, many thought that would lead to Arch Manning transferring out, but that is not what happened, as Manning is set to be the backup again in the 2024 season before hopefully taking the starting job in 2025. Ewers spoke on Manning's situation and what sitting will do for him in the long run, saying he will “gain a lot” during an appearance on RG3 and The Ones.

“Not being from the state and coming in, it's obviously a little different,” Quinn Ewers said, according to Andrew Gould of The Spun. “I think he's got more time to grow his pride and love for the university… Being able to sit back and watch, it's different than playing. So him seeing kinda what's going on from inside but also outside, he can gain a lot of intel from that. … And then, obviously, another year to learn the offense and just get more comfortable within the smaller details. It's like the best situation for him, I think.”

Arch Manning was one of the most hyped quarterback recruits of all time, given the last name. Despite not being in line to be the starter for the start of 2024, he appears happy with his standing in the Texas football program.

Even if it is not this upcoming season, it seems inevitable that the Longhorns will have Manning under center. It is not a guarantee that Ewers keeps Manning on the bench for the full 2024 season, but that is the current plan, as Ewers could be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2025 NFL Draft. If Ewers does struggle though, Manning could be inserted if Steve Sarkisian believes he is ready. Expectations are high for the Texas football program, so a quarterback change would not be out of the question if Steve Sarkisian believes Manning is the better player.

Texas football gearing up for first season in SEC

Texas has an interesting non-conference schedule before their first SEC conference games. The Longhorns start with Colorado State at home on August 31, before heading on the road to play Michigan on Sept. 7, which should be one of the biggest early season games. After that, there two games against UTSA and ULM before the first SEC game against Mississippi State on Sept 28.

After that, some of the highlights on the Longhorns' schedule include the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma, a tradition that will continue in the SEC, along with games against Georgia and Florida.

There will be plenty of big tests for Ewers this season, and it will be interesting to see how he fares and where his stock is going into the 2025 NFL Draft.