Texas football has one of the toughest schedules in the nation this upcoming fall college football season and it's a year that could go on longer than ever with the new 12-team College Football Playoff. As such, the Longhorns know all too well that depth could play a huge role in this year's season.

Recently, former Texas football quarterback Colt McCoy decided to speak out on the potential held by Arch Manning, the Longhorns' hotshot backup QB.

McCoy's comments came amid the release of information regarding the Longhorns' most likely breakout star for 2024. The Longhorns also got concerning news regarding a five-star WR's recruitment.

Will Manning get enough reps to show what he can do this fall? That remains to be seen with Quinn Ewers holding down the fort at quarterback, but McCoy believes Manning has potential.

Texas football's McCoy raises eyebrows with latest take 

McCoy's comments were published by the USA Today website Longhorns Wire on Manning, the former five-star and nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning who has rarely seen the field so far in Austin, TX. McCoy is still high on the young gunslinger's potential.

“I love Arch (Manning),” McCoy said. “I think that having the ability to sit for a couple of years, it's not normal right? It's not normal in college football these days.

“A lot of guys transfer, a lot of guys want a chance to play and I think that's great. From Arch's perspective, he's working really hard. He's learning a bunch from Quinn (Ewers).”

Ewers vs. Manning a competition to watch 

Texas Longhorns quarterbacks Arch Manning (16), left, and Quinn Ewers (3) throw passes while warming up ahead of the Longhorns' spring Orange and White game at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, April 20, 2024.
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While it is widely assumed that Quinn Ewers will win the starting quarterback job for Coach Steve Sarkisian's team over Arch Manning based on last year's results, the Longhorns faithful hasn't given up on the idea of Manning stepping up to the plate and wowing the ‘Horns coaching staff.

Manning's situation may remind some of the Longhorns' early September opponent Michigan football, the defending national champions. The Wolverines won the Big Ten Conference and made the four-team playoff on the strength of Cade McNamara's right arm. The following season Coach Jim Harbaugh held a two-game audition for the starting QB job that was won by young gun JJ McCarthy.

The novel idea led to Michigan winning the national championship in McCarthy's second season as starting QB. While Ewers isn't likely to relinquish his job as easily as McNamara did, Manning has the talent and bloodlines to surpass him in due time, perhaps this season.

The prediction here is that Ewers keeps his job and leads Coach Steve Sarkisian's Texas football team to the Playoff, but keep an eye out for Manning because he is simply too good to keep off the field this fall.