To the Aggies, it wasn’t good news to hear that former five-star recruit Kyle Allen announced that he is transferring from College Station immediately. It’s great news. They never wanted him anyways.
To the Aggies, it’s always all good. No fan base will passionately defend the decisions and movements of its school more than Texas A&M, which is not a bad thing even if sometimes it looks like denial.
A 16-9 record since Johnny Football left? That’s great.
An 11-13 record in the last three SEC seasons? Fantastic.
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A five-star recruit leaving? Wonderful.
On Thursday, Allen announced via social media that he loves College Station and Texas A&M so much he’s leaving. This is the second time in as many years the starting QB has left; last season, Kenny Hill transferred to TCU.
Every Aggie alive should be concerned about this trend; a revolving door at the most important position on the field is a ticket to inconsistency, and losing.
An Internet story has Allen looking north – possibly at Oklahoma; because the great state a Texas can’t give Oklahoma any more good football players. Allowing OU or T. Boone State to have Baker Mayfield isn’t enough.
It was always a matter of when not if either Allen or freshman Kyler Murray left; now we know who “won.” Clearly promises were made during the recruitment of these two former high school studs that were broken.
For the sake of the Aggies, and head coach Kevin Sumlin, pray for Murray’s development; part of that development will be delayed as Murray is expected to play baseball for the Aggies in the spring, which means there will be no spring football in his future. He may be a great baseball player, but this guy needs to practice football.
In the ’15 season, both Allen and Murray had their moments of good, bad and frustrating. Now that the conventional passer Allen is gone, that means Sumlin’s tenure is basically tied to a 5-foot-11 QB that, at least as a freshman, does not look like he can throw it consistently.
If Murray is just ish and the Aggies continue to .500 their way through the conference and are fighting with Ole Miss and Arkansas for third place in their division, the head coach should sweat. Part of the deal of being in the SEC is acting like an acting SEC school, none of which take to .500 records and Liberty Bowl titles well.
As a true freshman, Murray looked like a much smaller version of Vince Young. Murray can run all day, but as a passer he was erratic. He completed just under 60 percent of his passes, and threw five touchdowns with seven interceptions.
He is neither a finished product, nor is he a guaranteed upgrade over Allen.
The person “to blame” currently is offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who is stuck trying to save his job while knowing he will take the fall in order to save Sumlin’s neck. When the coordinator is in trouble, that means the head coach will be next. Ask Charlie Strong about this.
The hard part for Sumlin is the reason he was hired away from the University of Houston was because of his expertise as an offensive coach, which worked wonderfully when he had Johnny Football eluding defenders and completing passes. Ultimately, it will be on Sumlin to fix this offense.
Allen may have been the better quarterback, but Murray will be the answer. He has to stick beyond just one year.
To the Aggies, this is the guy they always wanted in the first place.