Maalik Murphy, QB
The most unfortunate injury the Longhorns suffered in the win over Texas Tech last week was to a player who was on the sidelines when the injury occurred. Redshirt freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy was hurt when he collided with a Texas player on a special teams play against Texas Tech on Black Friday.
Murphy injured his non-throwing shoulder while on the sidelines in the Texas Tech game. This is likely why we saw true freshman quarterback Arch Manning make his debut in live-game action this season for the Longhorns in the third quarter when they were up big on the Red Raiders.
Arch went in the game for Ewers when Texas was up by roughly five scores late in the third quarter against Tech.
In his Monday press conference, Sark said Murphy practiced and that Texas feels “good about those two guys”, in reference to Maalik and Worthy’s injury status.
Murphy saw action in five games for the Longhorns this season, including two starts against the BYU Cougars on Oct. 28 and Kansas State on Nov. 4. He started against BYU and Kansas State after Ewers suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder in the second half of Texas’ win over the Houston Cougars on the road on Oct. 21.
Murphy led the Longhorns to a 2-0 record in his two starts this fall.