Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Aggies' QB situation most precarious
By Chris Low
What would appear to be the most precarious quarterback situation in the SEC right now might not look so precarious come October.
We saw Johnny Manziel come out of nowhere in this league, and Nick Marshall wasn't even on Auburn's campus this time a year ago.
That said, we asked the fans a few weeks ago in our SportsNation poll to tell us who had the most precarious quarterback situation in the SEC heading into the 2014 season. And with more than 7,400 votes cast, Texas A&M was the choice.
The Aggies received 32 percent of the vote, with Alabama coming in second with 27 percent. In both cases, there are major unknowns.
Texas A&M will choose between sophomore Kenny Hill and true freshman Kyle Allen. Hill played in a backup role last season but only threw 22 passes. Worse, he got himself suspended this spring per athletic department policy after being arrested on a public intoxication charge. Hill is going to be back and is probably the favorite to win the job, but that's not exactly the way you want to exit the spring when you're trying to put your stamp on the team as the starting quarterback. Allen was a big-time pocket passer coming out of high school and got all the reps he could handle this spring.
At Alabama, all eyes are on the guy who's just now getting to campus -- Florida State transfer Jacob Coker. The Alabama quarterbacks struggled in the spring game, and the starting job would seem to be Coker's to lose. The question is: How quickly can he pick up the Alabama offense, and maybe even more importantly, how quickly can he gain the confidence and trust of his teammates this summer?
LSU's quarterback situation was voted the third-most precarious by the fans, followed by Arkansas fourth and Kentucky fifth.