Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin knows he has two quarterbacks entering fall camp that could earn the starting nod in true freshman Kyler Murray out of Allen High School and returning sophomore Kyle Allen.
He also knows the cliché about having two quarterbacks.
“A lot of people talk about if you have two quarterbacks you don’t have one,” Sumlin said Thursday at the Fort Worth/Tarrant County A&M Club Coach’s Night. “We have two pretty good quarterbacks. If you look at college football, that’s going to give us a pretty good chance.”
He has a good feeling about these two, he said, and it’s from the confidence each has shown over the off-season.
Murray has spent the last week in Los Angeles, away from off-season workouts, receiving his award for being named the 2015 Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year at the ESPYs.
It’s something Murray made sure to remind his coach of as he asked for the entire week off.
“I said, ‘Well, I’ve been to the ESPYs before. It’s a pretty big deal. I was out there for 24 hours,’” Sumlin told the more than 700 gathered at the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. “[Murray] said, ‘Well that’s because you didn’t win anything.’”
Sumlin made sure to remind the crowd that Murray was a part of a 2015 signing class that landed five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack over the recruit’s other finalist, TCU. Murray and Mack will be roommates through their freshman year, he said.
While Allen didn’t have a night this summer where he fraternized with the likes of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Aaron Rodgers, his confidence comes from a half-season leading the Aggies’ offense as a true freshman last year.
The pinnacle was his four-touchdown performance that led the Aggies to a 45-37 win over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl, where Allen was named MVP.
Sumlin said Allen had a rough journey to that point, going from being named a backup before the season began to hoisting a large, eagle-shaped MVP trophy after the game, which he wouldn’t let leave his side.
“He was trying to take it and put it on the bus,” Sumlin said. “I said we have equipment guys who can ship this thing back home. It was like the Stanley Cup or something. He was running around with it.”
With all that said, the elephant still sat squarely in the room. Who will lead the Aggies on the field as they open their season against Arizona State on Sept. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston?
It’s just another exercise in patience and trust, Sumlin told the Aggie faithful.
“I will tell you like I tell you every year since the first year I got here, just wait and see who rolls out there and he’ll be pretty good,” he said.