Former Texas A&M quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray both unexpectedly transferred out of the Aggies program in the span of less than a week back in December.
For the first time, Allen detailed the culture surrounding the Aggies that partially contributed in his decision to transfer to Houston. That culture, he says, was fostered by the much-maligned Johnny Manziel.
“I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny’s era there — the way that they let Johnny and [others] act there,” Allen told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. “A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'”
Manziel remains in the spotlight because of his recent off-field exploits, including an alleged altercation with his former girlfriend. The Cleveland Browns will reportedly cut the quarterback in March.
The Aggies have not seen the same success since Manziel’s departure and Allen believes that environment negatively impacted the team.
“When you don’t have players like Johnny and [others] there anymore, you have to really come together as a team and scrap for wins,” Allen told Dodd. “Everyone wasn’t in a straight line. We had a lot of people who were talking about the same goal but weren’t all committed and on the same page to get to that goal.”