Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin benches Kyle Allen, doesn’t play Kyler Murray
Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen never found his groove on offense in the Aggies’ 23-3 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday.
One week after throwing three pick-sixes to Alabama defensive backs, Allen’s play at the quarterback’s position continued to be inconsistent at best.
Allen was benched in the fourth quarter by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin after completing just 12 of 34 pass attempts for 88 yards and throwing for one interception.
Many were surprised by Sumlin’s decision to bring in sophomore quarterback Jake Hubenak over Kyler Murray. Murray, the highly-recruited true freshman from Allen, Texas, had experience in select drives through the first six games of the season.
Sumlin explained in his post-game press conference that his decision to sub Hubenak instead of Murray was based on how the two backups performed in practice going into Saturday, according to a Tweet from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.
Zwerneman also reported in his Tweet that when Sumlin was asked if Murray had been in trouble for anything, Sumlin repeated his response that the decision to play Hubenak as backup was “based on practice.”
According to Sean Adams of InsideTexas.com, the team had issues with Kyler Murray during the Week 7 game against Alabama, with one source claiming that “Murray did not handle last week well.”