It’s been three years since Kyle Allen committed to Texas A&M as the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2014. Now with a fresh start on the horizon and slated to become Houston’s starting quarterback, he spoke to SI reporter Bruce Feldman about his time with the Aggies.
Allen, who started 14 games and threw 33 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in two seasons at Texas A&M, reflected on the effect of the lack of a polished upperclassman quarterback to be groomed under.
BF: Even though you still have two seasons of eligibility remaining, I think for a lot of people it probably feels like a long time since you were that five-star recruit headed to A&M and then became the starter. What’s been the biggest change you’ve made since those days?
KA: Just from a mental and a maturity standpoint has been the biggest thing. I was thrown in there really early as a freshman at A&M. I didn’t know what it really took to be a successful college quarterback. In just the past year and a half, to sit back and really observe [former Houston quarterback Greg Ward] especially, and observe college football in general, I realized what it took. I don’t think I had a good enough view on that being thrown in there right away.
I didn’t really have someone at A&M who I could mirror my habits off of. When I got there, it was me and Kenny [Hill] battling for the spot. I was doing what I think is right. Now, I get to come here and I see Greg. He is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around. It was good to see someone who had those habits, and Coach Applewhite helped me build those habits too.
Allen added that the hardest thing about transferring from Texas A&M was “Having to leave all those guys who you are really close to.”
Allen is excited to play for at Houston under Major Applewhite, whose attention to detail is “the most I’ve ever been around.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Applewhite utilizes Allen in their first year together as head coach and starting quarterback.
Houston kicks off the season on Sept. 2 at UTSA.