After informing the media on Tuesday that he had opened up competition for the starting quarterback’s position on Monday, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin finally found his guy.
On Friday, Sumlin named Kyler Murray the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against South Carolina, the team announced via its Twitter account.
Murray was once rated as the top quarterback recruit in the country, when he signed with the Aggies in February.
Murray beat out sophomore starter Kyle Allen and transfer Jake Hubenak for the job. Allen was benched during Texas A&M’s 23-3 loss to Ole Miss in the fourth quarter after completing only 12 of 34 passes for 88 yards and throwing one interception. He also threw three pick-sixes against Alabama in the Aggies’ 41-23 loss to the Crimson Tide in Week 7.
Murray played in select drives during five out of seven games this season. He has completed 17 of 31 passes for 167 yards and has thrown a touchdown and an interception.
It appears that Murray and Texas A&M coaching staff were able to put the sideline incident that occurred during the Alabama game behind him. John P. Lopez of CBS Houston originally reported Sunday that Murray “went full F-bomb” on offensive coordinator Jake Spavital after throwing an interception against the Crimson Tide, and as a result, was told leading up to the following game against Ole Miss that he would not be playing.
Texas A&M fans can only hope that the change in the quarterback’s position will bring back the same offensive production that propelled the team to a 5-0 start.