Texas A&M may have a bit of a complicated quarterback situation in 2014 in the first year following the Johnny Manziel era, but Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin received some great news Wednesday afternoon that should solve things moving forward. Four-star dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray, of Allen, Texas has committed to the Texas A&M program, giving Sumlin one of the top quarterback recruits to begin building around for years to come.
Murray announced his decision as most kids these days do, on Twitter.
I’ll be joining Coach Sumlin and The Texas A&M Aggies! #GigEm
Rivals.com ranks Murray as the nation’s second-best dual-threat quarterback, behind only Texas Tech commit Jarrett Stidham. Murray held plenty of offers and chose the Aggies over Oregon, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State among others.
Sumlin has been fortunate to have some really good quarterbacks lead his offense, with Case Keenum at Houston and Manziel at A&M. Could Murray end up being Sumlin’s next great quarterback? Time will tell. The Aggies are hoping to keep the offense ticking this fall. Kenny Hillrecently had his suspension lifted after a legal issue, and he could end up being the starting quarterback for Texas A&M in 2014. If he has a successful season, he could keep the job for a couple more years as well, which would put Murray on the sideline until the time is right.
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”