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Texas’ Steve Sarkisian Names His Starting Quarterback

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Texas’ annual Orange and White Spring Game featured Arch Manning, Maalik Murphy and Quinn Ewers at quarterback on Saturday.

But only one can be the starter when the season opens in September. It appears that head coach Steve Sarkisian already knows who that starter will be.

“I think it’s pretty clear to say, Quinn is our starting quarterback,” Sarkisian told media after the game.


Naturally, something could change. But it would appear the third-year collegiate — and second-year Longhorn — will take the first snaps when the Longhorns host the Rice Owls on Sept. 2.

It’s a far cry from last year when Sarkisian let the battle between Ewers and Hudson Card linger until well into the fall.

If Ewers is the starter, then Sarkisian is trusting the job to a player that threw for 2,177 yards last season, along with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Texas is coming off an 8-5 season that saw the Longhorns lose to the Washington Huskies, 27-20, in the Alamo Bowl.

That also means that Murphy and Manning will serve as backups to start next season.

Manning came to Texas early as the nation’s No. 1 recruit after signing in December. He took reps throughout spring practice and threw well in Saturday’s game.

Murphy signed with Texas a part of the Class of 2022 and at the time he was the nation’s No. 12 quarterback.

Ewers was the nation’s No. 1 quarterback coming out of high school, left early to sign with Ohio State and spent the 2021 season as a redshirt. He transferred to Texas after that season.

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