Texas A&M Aggies Begin Life Without Johnny Manziel

By Tim Letcher

The Texas A&M Aggies were the first Southeastern Conference team to begin spring practice when they took the field on Friday. Head coach Kevin Sumlin will begin working his third A&M squad on that day, with the team’s last spring practice set for April 5.

There is one big question that Texas A&M fans, as well as college football fans in general, want answered: who will replace Johnny Manziel? The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has gone to the NFL, leaving a huge hole in the Aggie offense.

There appear to be three potential candidates to replace Manziel. Senior Matt Joeckel will be given one last shot at the job. Joeckel played in five games last season, passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Joeckel would be more of a pocket passer than Manziel was, which could limit the Aggies’ offensive attack.

Kenny Hill will be given a look at quarterback as well. As a true freshman last season, Hill played in four games, passing for 183 yards and touchdown, while rushing seven times for 37 yards. Hill is a playmaker with his legs and his arm, and if the Aggies want the least amount of transition from Manziel, Hill would be the logical choice as a replacement.

The wild card in the quarterback competition is true freshman Kyle Allen. While Allen is seen as more of a pocket passer, he also comes to College Station with better credentials than his competition. Allen was rated as a five-star quarterback and as the seventh-best player nationally in the 2014 recruiting class by Rivals.com.

One of these players will have the unenviable task of replacing Manziel, and that competition began with spring drills on Friday.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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