According to a report from Inside Texas, quarterback Quinn Ewers is mulling over a return for the Texas Longhorns in the 2024 season.
Inside Texas’ Bobby Burton says that Ewers is expected to return to the 40 acres next season, saying a source tells him that there’s a “90 percent” chance right now.
While this news won’t affect anyone in the Big 12, it’s certainly major news for the Longhorns, who will be heading into their first season in the Southeastern Conference.
Ewers’ return for Texas also complicates things for a very deep quarterback room. With five-star freshman Arch Manning waiting in the wings, plus Maalik Murphy looking for his chance to shine at some point, there’s going to be big competition come this spring, and it’ll be a ton of fun to follow.
With Ewers out for a couple of games over the last month, Murphy was forced into action and was a bit shaky, completing 55.7% of his attempts for 465 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
The more intriguing storyline though, will be what happens with Manning, who was the crown jewel of the Longhorns’ 2023 recruiting class. As one of the only “perfect” quarterback recruits in history, Manning is a guy who was expected to step in and immediately make an impact at the college level. However, he’s yet to attempt a pass this season, and I’m not sure how happy he’ll be with having to sit for a second year.
In the NIL and transfer portal era, that will be a huge storyline to follow this offseason.
In 2023, Ewers has completed 70.3% of his attempts for 2,232 yards and 14 TDs to four interceptions, adding five touchdowns on the ground.
This week, Ewers and the Longhorns will head up to Ames (IA) to take on Iowa State in a game with all kinds of Big 12 Championship implications.