3 takeaways from Texas's first week of spring practice

The first few spring practices for Texas football showed off some impressive true freshman early enrollees along with potent returning upperclassmen starters on both sides of the ball.
Quinn Ewers, Texas football
Quinn Ewers, Texas football / Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman
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Quinn Ewers, Texas football
Quinn Ewers, Texas football / Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman

Texas is as deep as ever at QB

There was so much discussion last offseason regarding all the talent Sarkisian and the Longhorns had in the quarterback room, and with good reason. The Longhorns had multiple five-star talents in the quarterback room last year, including then redshirt sophomore Quinn Ewers, freshman Arch Manning, and redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy.

That depth was put on display with all the talent in the quarterback room last season when Murphy went 2-0 as a starting quarterback for Texas when Ewers went down with the shoulder injury against Houston in late October.

After Murphy left for the Duke Blue Devils via the transfer portal early this offseason, Arch has assumed the backup quarterback job this spring. Arch has shown good chemistry with his wideouts and has bulked up to get his body ready for any potential contact he could take playing in the SEC this upcoming season.

Getting Ewers back for his third year as the starting quarterback is the most important part of this discussion in the QB room this year. It's a huge deal for Sarkisian and the Longhorns to get a third-year starting quarterback back in the mix for another year, especially with how often veteran QBs thrive in his offensive system.

Ewers led the Longhorns to the College Football Playoff and a Big 12 Championship last season. He's among the early Heisman contenders and the best quarterbacks in the SEC entering the 2024 season.

Manning is as talented as backup quarterbacks get, and he's just one year away from assuming the starting job in Sarkisian's offense.

Even the third-string quarterback, true freshman and former four-star recruit Trey Owens has impressed, showing off all his arm talent early this spring. Owens clearly can make all the throws. And he's probably more mobile than Murphy. Granted, I'm not saying right away that Owens is more talented or able than Murphy in live-game situations.

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