After two straight subpar outings from regular starter Kyle Allen, the Texas A&M Aggies will start five-star freshman Kyler Murray at quarterback for tomorrow’s game against South Carolina. Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com reported the breaking development on Twitter.
Per multiple sources, Kevin Sumlin has informed A&M team that true freshman Kyler Murray will get starting nod vs South Carolina
— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) October 30, 2015
The change comes on the heels of a report that Murray was feuding with the coaching staff last week over not getting playing time in the Alabama game, during which he allegedly cursed out offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. Murray also did not play in last weekend’s loss to Ole Miss, during which Jake Hubenak checked in after Allen struggled.
But now it appears that Murray, a dual-threat quarterback from the Dallas suburb of Allen, will get the opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can do. Texas A&M desperately needs a win this week if it wants to get back on the path to closing out the season strong, and coach Kevin Sumlin is taking a big risk putting the ball in the hands of a true freshman who has completed 17 of 31 passes for 167 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in five games this season.
Just the same, Murray is going up against a South Carolina squad that is 1-4 in SEC play this year, so it could end up being a fine tuneup game for him. Either way, there’s no point in judging Murray’s skills as a quarterback until he sees a few series as a starter.
Kickoff at Kyle Field is slated for 12 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Saturday Down South