Texas QB Maalik Murphy officially emerges as backup to Quinn Ewers

In Texas’ battle with Rice in Week 1, there wasn’t really a question about whether or not they’d win but more so about certain position battles.

One of the competitions that has been ongoing and is one of the most talked about battles in the country, is one that typically doesn’t even play. The backup quarterback role for Texas was one that many people were chomping at the bit to know who would be the next guy in after Quinn Ewers.

After the Longhorns put on a beatdown of the Rice Owls, we finally got our answer as to who will be the next man up at quarterback. Shortly after Ewers led Texas to third scoring drive of the third quarter, Steve Sarkisian decided to pull his starter and put in the backup. The incumbent? Redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy, who evidently beat out Arch Manning.

In his brief showing, Murphy showcased his huge arm and accuracy enough to get the crowd to erupt.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire