Houston quarterback Kyle Allen, a transfer from Texas A&M who left that program in December, cited a “culture” left over from the Johnny Manziel era at his former school as a factor in his decision to transfer.
Allen, who played in 10 games for the Aggies last season, announced plans to transfer to another school on Dec. 10 and enrolled at Houston for the spring semester. Along with Kyler Murray, who transferred to Oklahoma, A&M lost two high-profile quarterbacks who started games during last season to other schools before the Aggies’ bowl game.
In an interview with CBSSports.com, posted Tuesday, Allen cited a lack of discipline within the program that traced back to Manziel’s time at A&M as a catalyst in his decision to leave College Station.
“I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny’s era there – the way that they let Johnny and (others) act there,” Allen said. “They (could) do that and still win games because they had Johnny … and five offensive linemen playing in the NFL right now.
“A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.’”
Allen, who threw for a team-high 2,210 yards and 17 touchdowns for A&M last season, cited a lack of cohesion among players last season.
“We had a lot of people who were talking about the same goal but weren’t all committed and on the same page to get to that goal,” Allen told the site.
CBS Sports reported that an attempt to get a response from A&M officials was unsuccessful before the story was posted Tuesday. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner who is expected to be released by the Cleveland Browns in March, has made multiple unfavorable headlines for off-field actions in recent weeks, including domestic abuse allegations involving his former girlfriend.
A&M finished 8-5 last season. Former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, who joined the program as a graduate transfer for the spring semester, is expected to battle Jake Hubenak, who who started the Aggies’ bowl game, for the starting quarterback job in spring drills.