“If you came here today to find out who our starting quarterback will be in the fall, you can leave now,” Texas A&M Football Coach Kevin Sumlin told a large gathering today at the Houston Touchdown Club. “Because I am not telling you.”
That makes it sound like he knows who Johnny Manziel’s replacement will be. Kenny Hill from Southlake Carroll and highly recruited freshman Kyle Allen are two of the possibilities.
“We recruited very well at that position,” Sumlin explained. “We have told the rest of our team there’s always going to be turnover in college football. You are always going to have a new guy at a certain point if you are playing quarterback. It’s not on him to make our offense go. A first year or first time quarterback, with the kind of talent we have surrounding him, it’s incumbent on the other 10 guys on the field to make the offense quarterback friendly. The pressure isn’t squarely on his shoulders. That’s not the way we do things.”
Manziel was one of three first round draft picks to depart College Station from last year’s prolific offense. Wide receiver Mike Evans was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the seventh pick and offensive tackle Jake Matthews went sixth to Atlanta.
The losses might affect the prognosticators opinions on where the Aggies will finish in the SEC, but Sumlin doesn’t much care.
“We don’t get concerned with that,” he stated. “We weren’t concerned with that last year and we weren’t concerned it the first year. The expectations last year were through the roof. Expectations the first year, no one thought we could win any games. I don’t get caught up in either one of those.”
Sumlin is more than excited about the renovations to Kyle Field adding, “It gives us the opportunity, when it’s done, to play in the finest football facility in the country.”
The head coach is also anxious to get a healthy Ricky Seals-Jones back on the field after an injury ended his season after two games last year, prompting a medical redshirt year.
“Ricky is running real well coming off the knee injury,” he said. “We took it slow with him in the spring. He will be full speed in the fall. We don’t want him standing on the sideline next to me in the games.”
That will be even important with a road schedule that features games at South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn and a Thanksgiving Day game with LSU at Kyle Field.