Steve Sarkisian sets stage for quarterback battle at Texas on first day of spring practice
The quarterback battle in Austin, Texas is going to be a long one.
After the first practice of the spring for Texas LonghornsHead coach Steve Sarkisian discussed his two young quarterbacks — both big-time recruits — and set the stage for the quarterback competition for the coming months.
While the Longhorns are returning sophomore Quinn Ewers freshmen Arch Manning – the most hyped recruit of the class – begins his college career.
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“I’m not worried about who’s going to be on the cover of what magazine next week,” Steve Sarkisian said, according to ESPN. Focusing on what they need to do to be the best player they can be? Quinn has a full year head start, but I don’t want to catch Arch. I want to see how far he can take this thing and what it might look like.
Manning chose Texas After having one of the more hyped quarterback recruits in recent memory in June.
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Cooper Manning’s son, Bro NFL quarterback Eli And Peyton Manning, Arch is expected to turn around a Texas program that has reached double-digit wins just once in 13 years.
However, Evers himself is a highly ranked recruit, ranked No. 2 in the 2021 class before transferring to Texas from Ohio State.
Evers was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year In 2022, started 10 games and threw for 2,177 yards, 15 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
However, Evers struggled down the stretch last season, leading many to believe Manning will get the nod as a true freshman.
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“I thought Quinn had a great winter,” Sarkeesian said.
“It just feels natural this winter. He’s been throwing the ball well,” he continued. “I think he’s emerging as a leader. I’m seeing him tear the team apart, I’m seeing him do things that are positive. And I think what he’s done, he’s served the Arch. Doing, ‘Hey, this is what it is. Looks like. And that’s how to know your business.'”
Texas improved Sarkisian’s third yearGoing 8-5 in 2021 after a season in which the Longhorns finished below .500.