Report: Multiple schools reached out to Texas QB Maalik Murphy before transfer deadline

Texas backup quarterback Maalik Murphy shined in the Longhorns’ spring game. The former blue-chip prospect from the 2022 recruiting class showed off his high-level talent, completing 9-of-13 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Murphy’s spring game performance caught the attention of many around the country. 247Sports reports multiple Power Five programs contacted Murphy about a possible transfer before the spring deadline.

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“Even before the spring game there were people trying to reach out,” a source close to Murphy said. “All the write-ups you end up seeing, everything is about Arch. You start seeing all that and you kind of forget about Maalik, and where are his opportunities? So, there were a lot of people trying to see if there was a chance to love him up a little bit.”

In the new era of college football with the transfer portal and NIL, holding on to a backup quarterback as talented as Murphy is extremely difficult. However, Steve Sarkisian credits the culture around the Texas program with helping the Longhorns keep Murphy out of the portal.

The importance of having quality depth in the quarterback room can not be overstated.

Hudson Card kept Texas in football games when Quinn Ewers went down with an injury against Alabama. Our friends in Oklahoma failed to find a reliable quarterback behind Dillon Gabriel last season, and the Sooners’ offense looked helpless without him.

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