Eli Manning quashes the Arch Manning transfer rumors

The largely conjured up transfer rumors by some in the national media regarding Texas QB Arch Manning's future in Austin were dismissed by Eli Manning this week.
Arch Manning, Texas football
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The nothing-burger of a storyline regarding the future of rising redshirt freshman quarterback Arch Manning's future with the Texas football program was brought up again this week.

Since to-be redshirt junior quarterback Quinn Ewers returned for another year at Texas, some in the national media drummed up the narrative that Arch would transfer since he wouldn't be the starter for the Longhorns in 2024. But this narrative is anything but true.

Eli Manning speaks on Arch Manning's future with Texas football

Arch's uncle, former New York Giants and Ole Miss Rebels quarterback Eli Manning, responded to those transfer rumors when he appeared on the "Zach Gelb Show" this week.

Eli quickly dispelled any transfer rumor concerning his nephew Arch and the Longhorns when he responded to this interview question.

"He picked Texas because that’s where he wants to be. That’s where he wants to play football. He likes coach Sarkisian and his offense and what they’re doing. He knew last year that he was gonna go, he was gonna redshirt, get some playing time."

Regarding the possibility of having to sit for next season since Ewers returned for his third year at Texas, Eli still didn't give into the transfer rumors.

"Obviously, I think the plan was Ewers would maybe go in the NFL, but he’s there. It’s another year for for Arch to mature, learn the offense, get bigger and stronger in the weight room, and always be prepared to play. You never know what’s gonna happen."

We saw in the last two seasons how important it is for Texas's backup quarterback to be ready for action at any situation in live-game action. Ewers suffered a couple of upper-body injuries in the last two years that caused him to miss a few starts in each season.

Arch must be ready for action at any point this upcoming season as the backup QB

Last year, redshirt freshman backup quarterback Maalik Murphy got two key wins in a couple of starts for the Longhorns in Big 12 play, including one in overtime against a top 25 opponent. Murphy started those two games last fall after Ewers hurt his shoulder in a road win over Houston in late October.

And in 2022, the Longhorns turned to backup quarterback Hudson Card to get them some key wins in the non-con and early in Big 12 play after Ewers suffered the late-first-quarter should injury in Week 2 at home against Alabama.

Arch also spoke on the matter himself during the pregame press conferences for the Sugar Bowl a couple of months ago regarding his future at Texas, saying he "hasn't looked into transferring at all".

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