Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin announced today that five-star freshman Kyler Murray would draw the start in the team’s game against Auburn on Saturday. Brent Zwerneman of The Houston Chronicle reported Sumlin’s announcement on Twitter.
This isn’t at all a surprise, as Murray was an absolute beast in last weekend’s game against South Carolina. Not only did he complete 20 of 28 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, but he also ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 35-28 win and definitely brought back memories of beloved Aggie dual threat quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Auburn (4-4, 1-4 SEC) will be more of a test for Murray, as the Tigers are a tough defensive team looking to get back in the win column after two consecutive losses. Moreover, win-or-lose, Murray is going to have to deal with star defensive lineman Carl Lawson coming at him snap after snap.
But Sumlin clearly trusts Murray’s instincts and athleticism, and thus he will get the start as Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC) looks to keep the momentum rolling and finish the season on a dominant note.
Kickoff at Kyle Field is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
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