Texas Longhorns fans might be waiting a while to see quarterback Arch Manning take the field. Vince Young said Thursday on ESPN’s First Take (h/t Stephen Samra of On3) that he’s heard Manning will redshirt his freshman season:
“I really feel like Arch has a great opportunity. One of the things that I am hearing is that he is going to redshirt. That’s going to help out a lot so you can understand how to travel with the team, get the feel of the fans, the university. So, when you have those types of things and you take a year off like when I played with Coach [Mack] Brown, I redshirted. And I feel like that redshirt year helped me understand how to be a quarterback at the University of Texas, and then what you go through, traveling and things like that.
“So, if he does that, I really feel like it’s going to be good for him to sit back and kind of learn and also get familiar with the offense and stuff like that. Hopefully, if he does that, I think that’s going to help him for the future.”
Manning announced his commitment to Texas on June 23, picking the Longhorns over highly touted programs like Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Virginia.
He will have to fight for the team’s starting quarterback position alongside Quinn Ewers, Maalik Murphy and Hudson Card.