The Texas A&M Aggies are trying to figure out who will replace Johnny Manziel at quarterback in 2014. The open competition in spring practice has focused on three potential replacements: Kyle Allen, Kenny Hill and Matt Joeckel.
But the competition turned on Friday when news broke that Hill had been arrested for public intoxication. Hill has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Kevin Sumlin. Now, Hill will miss valuable reps as the Aggies wrap up their spring camp. This could ultimately cost Hill the starting position.
Reports out of College Station show that the competition between the three signal callers has been tight. Hill, a dual threat quarterback, seemed to be the ideal candidate to replace Manziel, but that could now be in jeopardy. However, Sumlin is not likely to name the starter until fall practice.
If Hill is not the choice, Allen would seem to make the most sense. The early enrollee was rated as the nation’s top pocket passer last season. He could add a downfield passing game to the A&M offense that it did not really have with Manziel at the controls.
Joeckel appears to be a longshot at this point. Realistically, the competition is between Hill and Allen.
A&M fans will point out that Manziel survived an arrest and eventually become the starting quarterback, winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman. Those in Aggieland are hoping that Hill can get past any legal troubles, because he appears to be the man for the job, once he is reinstated to the team.
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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