Texas Football: Maalik Murphy will start at QB for Longhorns vs. BYU

Maalik Murphy, Texas football. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Maalik Murphy, Texas football. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports /

The official word came from Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian that redshirt freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy will start under center in Week 9 against the BYU Cougars. In his Thursday press conference on Oct. 26, Sarkisian announced Murphy will get the start against BYU in the Week 9 contest at home at DKR in Austin on Oct. 28.

Murphy will get the first start of his collegiate career for the injured redshirt sophomore starting quarterback Quinn Ewers in Week 9 against BYU. Ewers suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder in Texas’ win last weekend on the road over the Houston Cougars.

Texas football QB Maalik Murphy to start in Week 9 vs. BYU

The shoulder injury knocked Ewers out of the Houston game in the second half after he got off to a solid start in the first half. Murphy came in relief of Ewers in the second half against Houston, leading two drives and going 1-of-2 passing for seven yards.

The second drive Murphy led for the Longhorns resulted in the game-winning touchdown. True freshman running back CJ Baxter Jr. got in the end zone on a 16-yard run on that second drive for Murphy.

Murphy has a great practice on Thursday, according to Sark

In his Thursday press conference, Sark said Murphy had his “best practice since he’s been here” on Oct. 26. Sark said his “game”, “understanding of the gameplan”, and “comfort level managing all things we do with the line of scrimmage” have elevated in practice this week.

Sark not sure if Arch Manning will play vs. BYU

In his Monday press conference on Oct. 23, Sark said Murphy would get the start if the Longhorns played BYU “today”. But he also stated Murphy and true freshman quarterback Arch Manning would both get first-team QB reps in practice this week.

Sark updated the plan for Manning against BYU this weekend, saying that he hasn’t “made a decision if I want to get Arch in there or not”.

Texas has a record of 6-1 (3-1 Big 12) heading into the matchup at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Oct. 28 in Austin against BYU (5-2, 2-2 Big 12). The kickoff time between Texas and BYU at DKR on Oct. 28 is 2:30 p.m. CT.

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