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Arch Manning stars in the Texas spring game with a 75-yard TD pass

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AUSTIN, Texas – Texas redshirt freshman quarterback Arch Manning was the star of the Longhorns’ annual Orange and White spring game, throwing for 355 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday.

Manning’s performance included a 75-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Moore on Manning’s first play from scrimmage and a strong display of accuracy as he completed his first 10 passes. Manning completed 19 of 26 passes, with at least four of his incompletions hitting the intended receiver’s hands.

He got most of the action with the first-team offense, as starting quarterback Quinn Ewers played only two series, per coach Steve Sarkisian’s plan. Sarkisian said after the game that he wanted Manning and true freshman Trey Owens to get as much work as possible because he knows what he has in Ewers, who confirmed Sarkisian as the starter before spring training started.

“I know what Quinn is doing,” Sarkisian said Saturday. “Quinn had a great spring.”

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Ewers did not spark a scoring drive in his two series, and one of them ended in a turnover when edge rusher Ethan Burke hit a pass at the line of scrimmage, and defensive tackle Alfred Collins returned it for a touchdown. Ewers, who led the Longhorns to the Big 12 championship and the 2023 College Football Playoff, is entering his third year as the Longhorns’ starter.

Saturday marked the most extensive playing time Manning — the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning and son of Cooper — has seen in a public setting since signing with the Longhorns. He played in just two games last season, going 2-for-5 in a 57-7 win over Texas Tech in November, then making a run on the final possession to clock the Longhorns’ Big 12 Championship Game victory to expire in Oklahoma. Stands. Even in the Longhorns’ spring game last season, Manning got fewer snaps as the third quarterback, finishing 5-for-13 for 30 yards.

“I just wanted Arch to be able to go play football,” Sarkisian said. “He hasn’t really played in a year.”

Manning enters 2024 as the clear No. 2 quarterback behind Ewers after Texas’ 2023 backup Maalik Murphy transferred to Duke in December.

Owens threw three touchdown passes for the Dutch.

(Photo: Sara Diggins/USA Today)

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