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Texas QB Quinn Ewers announces that he will return to Longhorns, forego 2024 NFL Draft

We discuss the report that Texas QB Quinn Ewers will be returning to the Longhorns in 2024. What does this mean for Ewers, Texas and Arch Manning?

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) scrambles the ball upfield during the Allstate Sugar Bowl playoff game between the Texas Longhorns and the Washington Huskies on Monday, January 1, 2024 at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers announced Thursday that he will be returning to the Longhorns and foregoing the 2024 NFL Draft. Ewers took to X (formerly Twitter) to speak to the fans in a video. He made it seem like he was saying his goodbye, but at the end of the video, he switched it up and said, “I’m coming back. Hook ‘Em.”

Impact on Ewers

Even though Ewers has played just two seasons for Texas, the redshirt junior was technically eligible to enter the 2024 NFL Draft. He is likely making a good choice for his future, though, as this year’s quarterback class feels deeper than most years. Ewers will have another season at Texas to try and improve his draft stock to be an early first-round pick in 2025.

Ewers has played in 22 career games for the Longhorns and has thrown for 5,656 yards with 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He is more of a pocket passer but has still added six scores on the ground. Ewers will look to lead Texas into a successful transition into the SEC as it leaves the Big 12 behind.

Impact on Texas

The Longhorns made the College Football Playoff this season as the No. 3 seed behind the Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies. Texas hung tough against the Huskies, but Washington advanced to the National Championship Game with a 37-31 win. The Longhorns finished the season 12-2 and now turn their attention to the SEC.

Texas won’t have to worry about trying to find their new starting quarterback ahead of next season with Ewers in tow. The Longhorns will open the season on August 31 at home against Colorado State. Texas will then go to the Big House for a matchup against Michigan on September 7. With such a tough matchup early on, Texas will be tested, but at least they aren’t expecting an inexperienced quarterback to be under center.

Impact on Manning

The odd man out in this situation is Arch Manning. Maalik Murphy was the backup to Ewers last season, but he transferred to Duke this offseason. If Ewers had declared for the draft, Manning would have likely been the starter after redshirting his freshman year.

Manning was a highly anticipated recruit but has not yet gotten the opportunity to make a name for himself outside of his historic last name. He will have four years of eligibility left, though, so even if Ewers does stick around for another year, there is plenty of time for the Manning era to happen still.