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Cooper Manning is proud of his son Arch’s growth since joining the Texas Longhorns

Cooper Manning is proud of his son Arch’s growth since joining the Texas Longhorns

Cooper Manning is proud of his son Arch’s growth since joining the Texas Longhorns

The father of Texas Longhorns second-year quarterback Arch Manning, Cooper Manning, has seen a clear difference in his son since joining the team as part of the 2023 recruiting class.

“Does (Arch) look different, act different than he did a year ago when he was in school? Yes, 100%,” Cooper Manning told On Texas Football’s CJ Vogel. “Development as a person, as a more independent man, who needs his parents less, simply growing and growing in the right way and being responsible along the way.”

As a freshman at Texas, many speculated whether the No. 1 overall recruit would take a redshirt year.

And while that redshirt remained intact, he was able to make his collegiate debut in the win against Texas Tech, completing 2 of 5 passes for 30 yards against the Red Raiders and rushing three times for seven yards, including a 12-yard run.

In the Big 12 tournament championship, he appeared in the final plays of the game.

Manning had plenty of options to choose from when it came time to commit to a college, but after many visits, Texas was his home.

“Arch visited Alabama four times, Georgia four times, Texas four times, Ole Miss a couple of times, LSU a couple of times, Clemson a couple of times,” Cooper Manning said. “At the end of the day, I said, Sunday night, when you threw four interceptions, your girlfriend broke up with you and you have two tests on Monday that you didn’t study for, and it’s raining and it’s cold and you’re feeling a little homesick, right?” Where do you want to be? And he said, ‘I want to be at the University of Texas.'”

Quinn Ewers remains Texas’ starting quarterback and Manning is biding his time to take the field as a starter. Although Manning had never been a substitute in his life, according to his father, he has adapted to this role with great maturity.

“If you pay your dues and do your job, good things will happen,” Cooper Manning said.

Manning started in the Orange and White Scrimmage, and his proud father was in the stands cheering him on.

“I was excited for him,” he said. “He had a big smile on his face, it was so much fun for him to be able to play. There was a lot of anticipation that day… He was sitting with a lot of parents who were excited to see their kids play for the first time. That class was made up of a group of superstars who had been patiently waiting for their moment.