McManus walked on to the Wake Forest squad in 2005 and went on to see action in 43 games in his career, both at quarterback and on special teams. As a redshirt freshman in 2006 he played in both the ACC Championship Game and the FedEx Orange Bowl.
McManus served as the Demon Deacons' holder on field goal and PAT attempts from 2007-09 and also played on the punt return team.
Playing behind Wake Forest's all-time passing leader Riley Skinner for his entire career, McManus saw limited action at quarterback, completing six of 14 passes for 47 yards.
Under McManus' guidance quarterback Rod Tinsley improved in every major category from his freshman campaign. Tinsley improved in total completions, completion percentage, total yards, yards per game, and touchdowns. All while seeing his interceptions reduce. Tinsley led the CIAA in touchdown to interception ratio in 2016.
A native of Greenville, N.C., McManus graduated from Wake Forest in 2009 with a degree in communication. After graduation, he served as a volunteer on the coaching staff at Kent State and also was an extra in the football scene of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale.
McManus is married to the former Hannah Baxter in February, and the couple resides in Winston-Salem.