Sarkisian says that Texas football QB Maalik Murphy is ‘not healthy’

Maalik Murphy, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Maalik Murphy, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

One update that Texas football fans wanted to hear from second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian during his Monday press conference on Sep. 12 was an update on various injured players coming out of the weekend. Texas saw multiple key players come up with various injury issues in the tough one-point loss to the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide at home on Sep. 10.

But there also wound up being an update that Sark provided on a Texas quarterback that wasn’t expected by the media and fans early this week.

Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods asked Sark about the progress and development of true freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy since he arrived on campus during the spring semester to participate in spring camp.

Sark responded to that question just by saying “he’s not healthy”.

Texas football HC Steve Sarkisian says that QB Maalik Murphy is “not healthy”

And that was all that we heard from Sark on the matter of Murphy during this Monday press conference.

Murphy originally arrived on campus as an early enrollee for spring ball. He signed with the Longhorns 2022 class as a four-star quarterback recruit that is a product of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, CA.

Moreover, we did hear Sark say that the two injured Texas quarterbacks, redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers and junior Hudson Card, are “day-to-day” coming out of the weekend.

Ewers suffered a sprained clavicle in the loss to Alabama that will keep him out for the next four-to-six weeks. Meanwhile, Card looked like he suffered an ankle sprain which kept him hobbled throughout most of the game.

It’s also worth noting that Sark stated that redshirt freshman quarterback Charles Wright was the “next man up” for Texas against Alabama once Ewers was out with the shoulder injury. Wright was the third-string quarterback on the depth chart for the first two games of this season.

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Texas is now sporting a record of 1-1 (0-0 Big 12) after the last-second 20-19 loss to Alabama at home on Sep. 10. Next up for Sark and the Longhorns is another tough matchup at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, against the defending Conference-USA Champion UTSA Roadrunners on Sep. 17 with the kickoff time set for 7 p.m. CT.