Exit Kyle, enter Kyler? That appears to be very much the case.
Earlier this week, and for the second straight year, A&M opened up an in-season quarterback competition because of the current state of the team in general and the position specifically. Three individuals have been given a shot throughout the week of practice at winning the job ahead of Saturday’s game against South Carolina: season-long starter Kyle Allen, burgeoning fan-favorite Kyler Murray and No. 3 Jake Hubenak.
While nothing is official from the football program, it appears there’s been an unofficial changing of the guard.
Murray was a four-star member of A&M’s most recent recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the country. After a summer camp battle that was won by Allen, Murray has seen action in a handful of games, most notably in the opener against Arizona State in which he ran for 69 yards on six carries and passed for another 49. He’s attempted 31 passes this season, but just four the past four games.
For Allen, himself a five-star 2014 recruit, the demotion has been a couple of games in the making. After playing well the first five games of the season, all wins, the bottom’s dropped in back-to-back losses as Allen has thrown four interceptions — three returned for touchdowns vs. Alabama — and just one touchdown as he’s completed well under 50 percent of his passes.
UPDATED 4:51 p.m. ET: And it’s officially official — the Kyler Murray era, at least the starting phase, will commence in earnest this weekend.