Texas A&M quarterback Jake Hubenak will attempt to lead the Aggies to a Music City Bowl victory against Louisville and could be playing for the starting job in 2016.
The sophomore has thrown only 27 passes this season but will be thrust into duty after quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray transferred from the school earlier in December.
The Aggies have four other quarterbacks on the roster, which means the competition could be pretty stiff next summer. A&M has also been rumored to be the favorite to land experienced Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight. The Music City Bowl will give Hubenak an excellent opportunity to stand out from what could be a crowded group of gunslingers.
Coach Kevin Sumlin downplayed the importance of Wednesday’s game and said Hubenak has taken a short-term approach to Wednesday’s game.
“I don’t think Jake is thinking beyond tomorrow night,” Sumlin said according to The Dallas Morning News’ Kate Hairopoulos.
Hubenak doesn’t have much experience at the helm, but Sumlin said his quarterback will be ready for the moment.
“He’s been around,” Sumlin said according to Hairopoulos. “He’s been through adversity. That’s prepared him to handle this well.”
It’s been quite the journey to College Station for Hubenak. The Georgetown, Texas, native spent 2014 playing for Blinn College, where he threw for more than 4,000 yards and tossed 47 touchdowns.
A strong performance for Hubenak would do more than elevate the ex-junior college quarterback’s stock heading into 2016. It would provide a sense of stability for a program that has been gauged at the game’s most important position and could provide a positive glimpse into the future for the embattled Aggies. A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital may have summed it up the best.
“The quarterbacks that left did what they thought was best for them,” Spavital said according to Hairopoulos. “I wish them the best. Right now, it’s about Jake Hubenak.”