Kevin Sumlin staying mum on Texas A&M’s quarterback competition


Kevin Sumlin isn’t shedding any light on one of college football’s most interesting quarterback battles at Texas A&M.

Returners Kenny Hill and Matt Joeckel welcomed high school All-American Kyle Allen this spring, and the three will battle through spring practice and fall camp for the starting gig. Remember, Kevin Sumlin didn’t name Johnny Manziel the starter until a couple weeks before the season. My top spring prediction was that Texas A&M’s quarterback battle would exit April with no public answers.

Sumlin spoke to the media following this past weekend’s closed scrimmage, and he stayed mum about the signal callers, according to

“It’s going really good,” Sumlin said laughing. “They’re all out there and they’re doing good.”

Sumlin probably has a strong opinion of where the quarterbacks stand, but he’s keeping it from everybody, and I don’t think he’ll shed any light on the battle anytime soon.

In a perfect world, I assume Sumlin wants Hill to win the job; Joeckel will become the backup. That all allows Allen to redshirt a season, and then it’s game on come 2015. But college football isn’t a perfect world, and Sumlin won’t hesitate to throw Allen into the fire if he’s the best option.

Sumlin, however, did talk about the running backs and singled out Tra Carson as one who is standing out this spring. Carson, along with redshirt freshman James White, have caught Sumlin’s attention.

“Halfway through spring football, I think Tra Carson has been very, very solid. I think James White has progressed. He’s probably a little bit further ahead than I thought he would be.”

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