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Kyler Murray to start at QB for A&M vs. Gamecocks

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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.

Texas A&M hits reset button on QB job; 2015 Edition

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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.