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Texas A&M QB competition a two horse race

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Who will be the successor to Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M? This is one of the biggest questions surrounding the Aggies entering year three as a member of the SEC. So who will it be? It looks like a two-man competition, which was evident once Matt Joeckel decided to transfer (to TCU) in May.

Kyle Allen and Kenny Hill appear to be the leading candidates for the job this summer, as profiled in a team snapshot preview published by The Dallas Morning News. The two candidates could not be more different in their approach to the offense. Will Kevin Sumlin end up going with a pro-style quarterback and hope for the same results he once had with Case Keenum at Houston, or will he go with the more mobile option and look to continue playing a style of football that was put on display with Johnny Football making magic happen, winning a Heisman Trophy in the process?

Hill ran into some legal trouble this offseason following a public intoxication incident during the spring. He was suspended by the Aggies but has been reinstated. Hill has slightly more experience after backing up Manziel last season when the starter was given a rest. Will the off-field trouble come into play? If it does, Allen appears to be a capable candidate as well. Allen has the skill and the upside potential but lacks the experience despite enrolling early.

Texas A&M will have another potential candidate for the quarterback job in 2015 after receiving a verbal commitment from dual-threat player Kyler Murray. With the recruiting of Murray it would seem to suggest Sumlin would prefer to open up the offense with a more mobile quarterback. Of course, Allen was one of the top quarterback recruits as well and he plays a pro-style offense, so it may be anyone’s guess which way Sumlin ends up going. It could simply boil down to which quarterback is able to move the offense more consistently and effectively. Will Texas A&M work better with a pro-style quarterback or a dual-threat? That is actually the more important question to address this summer.

So, who do you think will lead the Aggies offense when Texas A&M opens up the 2014 season on Thursday, August 28 at South Carolina?

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3 Responses to “Texas A&M QB competition a two horse race”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 2, 2014 10:11 AM

    Well with Allen and Murray, he’ll have grabbed the #1 pro style QB in one class and the #1 dual threat QB in the next. He’ll have a myriad choices and my guess is he goes with a mobile type of player. Manziel gave Bama fits both games, and Nick Marshall of Auburn also proved too much for Bama.

    I know that Auburn won the conference last year but it’s still a Bama centric conference and people are looking for ways to beat the Bama D. I don’t think you get it done with a traditional style offense with a pro set QB. Need to ensure the D has to waste a player on a QB spy.

    I think that Sumlin may prefer to go with Allen as he fits Sumlins base style but he may try to ride the success of the fast paced dual threat QB.

    We’ll see. Can’t wait for college football!

  2. texasbornlsufan says: Jul 2, 2014 10:37 AM

    You guys can beat Bama and have proved that it’s LSU you need to worry about

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 2, 2014 11:55 AM

    ^^^ Unfortunately true….

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