College Football Fans Mesmerized by Arch Manning's Standout Spring Game Performance

Jan 1, 2024; New Orleans, LA, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) warms up.
Jan 1, 2024; New Orleans, LA, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) warms up. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

For a year now, college football fans have been waiting for Texas to take the training wheels off quarterback Arch Manning.

The highly touted prospect threw just five collegiate passes in 2023, in blowout wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Meanwhile, the Longhorns' starting quarterback—Quinn Ewers—led his team to a Big 12 title and College Football Playoff berth.

Hard proof of Manning's potential has become as rare as Bigfoot sightings or Frank Ocean snippets. On Saturday, during its spring game, Texas finally let the spotlight shine on its future star.

In the first quarter, Manning uncorked a 75-yard touchdown pass that had college football fans drooling. He wound up with an unofficial final line of 355 yards and three touchdowns on 19 completions.

Forget Longhorns fans. NFL fans already wanted a piece of former NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning's nephew.

Some wondered whether Texas should reconsider its presumptive 2024 starter.

Some remained naturally skeptical, given Manning's lack of regular season reps and his name.

However, the ranks of the intrigued seemed to outnumber the pessimistic.

Oh, and one other note, Longhorns.

Patrick Andres


Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.