The competition to be Johnny Manziel’s replacement at Texas A&M is down to two players–a sophomore and a true freshman. The school announced earlier Wednesday morning that rising senior quarterback Matt Joeckel will be transferring. He has graduated and will be able to play immediately with one year of eligibility remaining.
QB Matt Joeckel will transfer from Texas A&M, school announces. Down to Kyle Allen or Kenny Hill in College Station
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) April 16, 2014
Joeckel appeared in four games last season, throwing for 293 yards and two touchdowns, most of which came in garbage time. He got his degree in December and thus will not have to sit out a season.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 16, 2014
While no quarterback had truly emerged as the favorite to be the Aggies’ starter, Joeckel was, by far, the most veteran option. But now the competition comes down to two players: Sophomore Kenny Hill and true freshman Kyle Allen.
Hill, a former four-star duel-threat quarterback, played a little last season in mop-up duty. He was arrested in late March for public intoxication.
Allen, the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, graduated high school early in December and has been on campus since January.
Kevin Sumlin has said he will not be naming a starter until fall camp at the earliest.