Texas A&M quarterback to transfer
In a surprising move, Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen has announced he’ll transfer.
Boy, this one was out of the blue, since he's been starting: A&M announced Kyle Allen will transfer immediately; has been granted release.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 11, 2015
Allen traded off with freshman Kyler Murray at times in 2015, but he finished the regular season with 283 pass attempts to Murray’s 121. Both were five-star recruits in high school and fought for the starting job throughout fall camp.
The sophomore averaged 7.8 yards per attempt compared to the 5.7 of Murray. Allen competed with Kenny Hill prior to the 2014 season, lost an emotional competition, and then eventually replaced Hill midseason. Hill promptly tranferred to TCU, where he sat out the 2015 season.
Allen’s departure continues a revolving door at quarterback following the departure of Johnny Manziel. He joins former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight in an already-hot transfer quarterback market.
Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has drawn criticism this season, including from coach Kevin Sumlin, and there’s uncertainty about his future in College Station. The fate of all of the team’s coaches in 2016 most certainly will rely on Murray, who will be a 5-foot-11 sophomore.
The Aggies don’t have a quarterback committed in the 2016 class. Other quarterbacks on the roster include junior-to-be Jake Hubenak and senior-to-be Conner McQueen.
“Allen has started most of A&M’s games this season, including the last two after losing the starting job to freshman Kyler Murray for three games midseason. Murray intends to play baseball for the Aggies this spring, leaving the Aggies uncomfortably shy of scholarship quarterbacks heading into offseason drills (only current sophomore Jake Hubenak at this point).”