June 16, 2024

Extremely touted quarterback Arch Manning was surrounded by reporters moments after he sat down with with the media contained in the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. 

“Am I allowed to reply questions?” Manning questioned. 

The freshman signal-caller doubtless requested as a result of, previous to Saturday, he had not spoken publicly since he turned a member of the Longhorns.

Manning isn’t any typical backup quarterback given his household legacy. He talked to reporters forward of Texas’ look within the Sugar Bowl.

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Texas quarterback Arch Manning talks to reporters throughout media day for the the upcoming Sugar Bowl in New Orleans Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. (AP Picture/Gerald Herbert)

The Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal recreation between the Longhorns and the second-ranked Washington Huskies is scheduled for Monday.

Manning has seen restricted taking part in time at Texas with Quinn Ewers because the starter. Ewers did miss a few video games with a shoulder damage, however Maalik Murphy stepped in throughout his absence. Murphy not too long ago introduced his plans to switch to Duke.

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Ewers has not made it clear whether or not he’ll return to Austin subsequent season. 

Throughout Manning’s media session, he addressed rumors he would contemplate transferring from Texas in favor of one other faculty the place he might begin in 2024. However Peyton Manning and Eli Manning’s nephew dismissed the concept that he is considering leaving Texas.

Arch Manning warms up before a game

Arch Manning of the Texas Longhorns warms up earlier than a recreation in opposition to the Wyoming Cowboys at Darrell Ok Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Sept. 16, 2023, in Austin, Texas.  (Tim Warner/Getty Photographs)

“Clearly, there’s all these rumors, however I haven’t regarded into transferring in any respect. I’m simply targeted on creating and serving to this group in any approach I can, and, hopefully, in the future taking part in for the College of Texas like I at all times wished to,” Manning stated through The Athletic. 

The primary-year Texas quarterback was born in Louisiana and performed highschool soccer in New Orleans. He mentioned his preparation for Monday’s recreation regardless of figuring out he might not play.

“I’ve tried to arrange like I’m the starter each week, however I assume now that you simply’re only one play away as a substitute of two, there’s somewhat extra to be ready for,” Manning stated. 

“Plenty of it’s psychological simply since you’re watching. You’ve obtained to get psychological reps and simply attempting to arrange such as you’re the starter as a result of there’s an excellent probability you play. There’s additionally an excellent probability you don’t play. However, on the finish of the day, it’s simply soccer, going on the market, doing what I’ve completed my entire life. So, that’s what I’m attempting to do.”

Arch Manning motions to quiet the crowd

Arch Manning of the Texas Longhorns motions to quiet the group within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Texas Tech Pink Raiders at Darrell Ok Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Nov. 24, 2023, in Austin, Texas.   (Tim Warner/Getty Photographs)

A November matchup with Texas Tech marked Manning’s first time taking part in in a regular-season recreation at Texas.

He completed with 30 passing yards within the Longhorns’ 57-7 victory. Manning recalled the sensation of taking the sector for the primary time in his school soccer profession.

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“It felt good to be again on the market. It had been a few 12 months since I’d been in a recreation,” Manning stated. “It did get fairly loud. I didn’t need my first play to be a pre-snap penalty, in order that’s why I used to be attempting to quiet them down. It shocked me, particularly as a result of I haven’t completed something but.”

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