Eli Manning Says Nephew Arch Shouldn’t Move Out of Texas: ‘That’s Where He Wants To Play Football’

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It might be the easy road for Arch Manning to move out of Texas, but his uncle thinks it’s a big deal.

Manning, the nephew of both Peyton and Eli, and grandson of Archie, will once again sit behind Quinn Ewers, despite being one of the most attractive prospects out of high school.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian announced earlier this week, with Ewers forgoing the NFL Draft for another season, that the rising junior will start.

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Arch Manning at the Sugar Bowl

Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (#16) runs up the field during the Big 12 Championship football game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on December 2, 2023 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Arch said he “hadn’t looked to move at all,” and the New York Giants legend says he should have.

“He chose Texas because that’s where he wants to be,” Eli said of Arch on CBS Sports Radio. “That’s where he wants to play football. He likes coach Sarkisian and the offense him and what they are doing. . . .

“Obviously, the plan was that Ewers would probably go into the NFL,” Eli continued. “But it’s there. It’s another year for Arch to mature, learn offense, get bigger, stronger in the weight room and always be ready to play. You never know what’s going to happen.”

“He has to be ready. If not, he will get some playing time here and there, and he has three more years of potential at a great school, for a great football program on the rise. The fact that you can move so easily now does not mean that you should, just because you are not playing right away. . . .

Arch Manning warms up before a game

Arch Manning, #16 of the Texas Longhorns, warms up before the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 16, 2023, in Austin, Texas. (Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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“I know he wants to play. It’s hard to get into it. But being patient, continuing to learn can also be very helpful.”

Ewers led Texas to the College Football Playoff, where they nearly pulled off a stunning comeback against Washington in the semifinals.

“I think, naturally, when you get into the College football game, and you look at the team that beat us, that was a senior sixth year quarterback [Michael Penix Jr.] played at a very high level in that game,” Sarkisian said earlier this week. “I think his experience, his maturity are going to be things that he can take advantage of. We’re going to need his leadership.”

Sarkisian said that “Arch has a very bright future”.

“Obviously, there’s always rumors, especially today, but I haven’t looked at moving at all,” Manning said. “I’m just focused on improving and helping this team in any way I can.” that I can, and hopefully one day play for the University of Texas, like I’ve always wanted to.

Arch Manning plays against Texas Tech

Arch Manning, #16 of the Texas Longhorns, stands on the field in the fourth quarter against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2023, in Austin, Texas. (Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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Texas will compete in the SEC next season after winning the Big 12 Championship for the first time since 2009.

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.

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