For the second straight season, Texas A&M is going to wipe the slate clean with its starting quarterback job late in October. Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin will give Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray and Jake Hubenak a chance to win the starting job in practices this week. A starter will be announced on Friday.
Allen has been Texas A&M’s main quarterback this season, but inconsistency has become a major concern for the Aggies. Earlier this week against Alabama Allen was picked off three times by the Crimson Tide in a 41-23 loss. Things did not turn around last week in a road loss at Ole Miss, with Allen being picked off once and completing just 12 of his 34 pass attempts for 88 yards. Murray did not see the field last week in the loss to the Rebels, a week after reportedly having some sort of outburst on the sideline in the loss to Alabama. Murray attempted just four passes, completing two and having one picked off by Alabama.
Eerily enough, Sumlin reopened the quarterback competition almost exactly one year to the day. That decision came after losing three straight SEC games, the latest being a 59-0 loss at home to Alabama. Kenny Hill, who would later transfer to TCU, lost the job as a result, and Allen eventually won the job.
So mark your calendars for October 26, 2016. If this trend continues, Murray will win the starting job at the start of the 2016 season only to lose it in a midseason open competition at that time.