Kyler Murray vs. Kyle Allen: Will the loser transfer?
The Texas A&M quarterback situation is cloudy to say the least.
Kyle Allen shined at the beginning of the year, leading the Aggies to five straight wins to start the season. He had 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions over the span. The future was bright.
But then came tests against two of the nation’s top defenses. And Allen struggled mightily.
On October 17 against Alabama, he threw three interceptions that were all returned for touchdowns. The next week at Ole Miss, Allen was benched in the fourth quarter after going 12-of-24 for 88 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception.
In the week after the Ole Miss game, Kevin Sumlin held an open QB competition. Five-star recruit freshman Kyler Murray won the start and shined right away. Murray completed 20 of 28 passes for 223 yards and a TD with no interceptions against South Carolina.
Former Aggies QB Johnny Manziel deemed Murray as “the future,” on his Instagram account. Then he tweeted a picture with Murray and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) November 8, 2015
But then, just like Allen, Murray had a terrible outing. Last weekend against a struggling Auburn defense, Murray was 13 of 23 for only 105 yards with three interceptions and no TDs.
So here we are in mid November and the Aggies don’t have a clear starter at quarterback.
No changes at quarterback have been announced for Saturday’s game against Western Carolina. So Murray should have a great opportunity to get untracked against an inferior opponent.
But the question remains. Will either Allen or Murray transfer? Highly recruited QBs like Allen and Murray rarely stick around when they don’t expect much playing time.
If Murray remains the starter through the end of the season, Allen would be the likeliest to transfer. Kenny Hill, who threw for 511 yards in the Aggies’ opener against South Carolina in 2014 before he was replaced by Allen, is the heir apparent to replace Trevone Boykin at Texas Christian.
When Allen was initially benched, sophomore Jake Hubenak was called on instead of Murray, triggering speculation that Sumlin wanted more time to prepare his prized freshman to take over. Sumlin said the decision was based on performance in practice.
If Allen transfers, he will likely have prominent suitors. Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oregon were among the schools offering him a scholarship.