Kevin Sumlin: 'Whoever can lead the team' will be Texas A&M's starting QB
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin recently weighed in on the QB competition for the Aggies.
The Aggies have had a difficult time finding a QB to build around since the departure of 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Former Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight joined the Aggies in 2016, and Knight performed well in 11 games last season. Knight is now gone and it is up to Sumlin to find his next QB.
Sumlin shared his thoughts on the QB battle in an interview Thursday.
“Whoever can lead the team and not give the ball to the other team as much as they give it to us, that’s going to be the guy,” said Sumlin. “It doesn’t have to be flashy. I think it’s one of those things where whoever the guy is that shows up, goes to work everyday, and is really consistent with what he does is going to be our QB.”
A&M has three QB’s currently battling for the starting role: senior Jake Hubenak, redshirt freshman Nick Starkel, and true freshman Kellen Mond.
The Aggies have posted three consecutive seasons with an 8-5 record after winning 20 games combined in Sumlin’s first two seasons. Sumlin is facing a tough decision as he must get solid production from his QB in order to post a strong season. Another 8-5 showing would be a disappointment for Sumlin and the Aggies — and could cost him his job according to new Texas A&M AD Scott Woodward.