Several SEC teams opened fall practice with uncertainty at quarterback, but Texas A&M ended any controversy about its signal-caller with 10 days until its opener against Arizona State. On Monday, coach Kevin Sumlin picked sophomore Kyle Allen as the team’s starter over talented freshman Kyler Murray.
The decision to go with Allen should come as no surprise. The sophomore was the favorite to win the job and played well in his stint as Texas A&M’s starter. With the announcement out of the way, Allen has a chance to spend a full allotment of practices over the next two weeks as the starter for game preparation against the Sun Devils.
As a true freshman last season, Allen guided the Aggies to an upset road victory over Auburn, passed for 237 yards and three scores in a 34-27 loss to Missouri and threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-37 win over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl.
The Arizona native was a five-star prospect in last year’s signing class and showed plenty of promise in a limited run as the starter. With a full offseason to work in the No. 1 role, the sophomore should be ready to build off that success in 2015 and could challenge for All-SEC honors.
Murray was also a five-star prospect, ranking as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2015 signing class by 247Sports. The touted true freshman should see some snaps this year but picking Allen as the starter was the right move by Sumlin. With valuable experience gained last season, combined with an impressive finish to the season, the sophomore is poised to emerge as one of the SEC’s top quarterbacks.
Scoring points hasn’t been a problem for Texas A&M since joining the SEC. And with one of the nation’s top receiving corps and a solid offensive line in place, the Aggies’ offensive attack won’t be easy to stop for opposing defenses once again in 2015. Murray is a dynamic and intriguing talent, but naming Allen as the team's starter was the right (and easy) call for Sumlin.