The Kyler Murray Era is off to a solid start for the Aggies.
After being named the starting quarterback by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on Friday, Murray helped the Aggies lead the way on offense as they defeated South Carolina, 35-28, at Kyle Field.
Murray was impressive in his starting debut. The true freshman was efficient in attacking through the air, completing 20-of-28 passes for 223 yards and threw for a touchdown. On the ground, he was just as effective in making plays with his feet, as he rushed for 156 yards on 20 carries.
Those numbers put Murray in some pretty select company.
Kyler Murray Cam Newton The only SEC QBs in the last 20 yrs to throw & run for 100+ yds & a TD in their 1st start. pic.twitter.com/wHAw55IWw3
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 1, 2015
After the game, Texas A&M defensive lineman Julien Obioha compared Murray’s dual-threat abilities to a former Aggies quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
“Kyler was really good coming out of high school,” Obioha said in the post game press conference, according to TexAgs.com. “He’s a lot like Johnny Manziel and he showed it today. Did a really good job.”
Texas A&M offensive lineman Germain Ifedi was impressed with Allen’s poise in running the Aggies offense as a true freshman.
“He came in [to that huddle] like it was Allen High,” said Ifedi, according to Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman. ”He commanded the huddle as well as any 18-year-old I’ve seen.”
Ifedi said he was also impressed by Murray’s ability to slide in running plays to avoid injuries. The junior offensive lineman said that Russell Wilson may be the only other quarterback that has a nicer looking slide than Murray.
“He’s like the head-slide guy,” Ifedi said jokingly of the current Seattle Seahawks quarterback, according to Zwerneman.
Sumlin said in the post game press conference that he was pleased with Murray’s ability to minimize the big mistakes, as he finished the game without throwing an interception and was sacked only once.
“Operationally [Kyler] was clean,” Sumlin said, according to Texas A&M student newspaper, The Battalion. “And that helps you when you are going backwards.”
Sumlin added that he tried to not make the offense too complicated for Murray, and was ultimately pleased with how the true freshman quarterback responded to his gameplan.
“The coaching point was to be quick but not in a hurry,” Sumlin said, according to The Battalion. “He did not force things but let the game come to him.”