Texas A&M will not have a freshman sensation starting at quarterback this season, at least not yet.
The Aggies named sophomore Kyle Allen as the starter on Monday. Allen won the job over highly-touted freshman Kyler Murray, who was ranked the No. 1 quarterback in the 2015 class by ESPN.
Allen finished last season as the starter. He lead the Aggies to a road win over Auburn late in the season and a bowl victory against West Virginia.
The past few seasons have been interesting at the quarterback position for Texas A&M to put it lightly.
First there was Johnny Manziel’s freshman season where he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. That was followed by his sophomore season where his off-the-field life became a larger story than what he did on the field.
Manziel was followed last season by Kenny Hill or Kenny “Trill,” if we’re still calling him that, and Hill broke Manziel’s record for passing yards in a game in Week 1 against South Carolina. Hill’s longevity lasted the length of a shooting star, as he was replaced by Allen in his eighth and final start (a 59-0 beat down by Alabama). Then Hill was suspended two games for a violation of team rules.
Now Hill is at TCU, where he will sit out a year, and the man who replaced him will get a chance to improve upon his performance from last season. Allen finished with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His experience from last season likely played a role in him winning the job over the freshman Murray. Allen returned with a familiarity of the offense and a better understanding of how to read defenses.
Allen has the job for now, but head coach Kevin Sumlin has not ruled out playing Allen and Murray. Murray has compared himself to Manziel in the past and won three consecutive state titles in high school compiling a 43-0 record. If Allen has major struggles Murray could see extended time.
That leaves open the possibility for more quarterback drama in College Station this season.
Texas A&M opens the season Sept. 5th against No. 15 Arizona State.