Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is brushing off talk of a brewing quarterback controversy following his team’s 38-17 win over Arizona State at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday.
After rotating starter Kyle Allen, a sophomore, for true freshman Kyler Murray in each half against the No. 15 Sun Devils, Sumlin clarified his use of the Aggies’ signal callers in a SportsCenter interview Monday.
“It’s kind of funny, I got in here Saturday night and people were saying, ‘Well, there is a quarterback controversy,’” Sumlin said. “There’s no controversy. There was always a plan to play Kyler in this game, and we got him in in the first half.”
Allen started slow with an interception and lost fumble before helping seal the win with a 66-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Christian Kirk, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week.
Murray, a 5-star recruit, finished with 49 yards through the air on 4 of 9 passing and one interception. He also rushed for 69 yards.
“I think what you saw was one guy give us a spark,” Sumlin said. “They’re two different types of guys. They’re both capable. One guy is more experienced and was very, very level-headed going back into the game and closing out the game in the fourth quarter. So we’ll have a plan going forward, but as far as a controversy, we don’t have it.”