Former Texas A&M quarterback and incoming Houston transfer Kyle Allen had his own reasons for leaving College Station, but was happy to name the “culture” of the Johnny Manziel era as one of them.
Speaking to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Allen explained that Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin and the rest of the staff let Manziel and the rest of the players have a long leash and let that practice continue even after Manziel was drafted into the NFL in 2014.
“I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny’s era there — the way that they let Johnny and [others] act there,” said Allen. “A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.’ Everyone wasn’t in a straight line. Everyone was going this way, this way, this way. We had a ton of talent there. I think that, once you get all the right coaches there and get the vision right, you can do a lot of things.”
Allen was the Aggies’ starter to start the 2015 season and led Texas A&M to a 5-0 start, but was then benched in favor of five-star freshman Kyler Murray, who has since transferred to Oklahoma. JUCO transfer Jake Hubenak also saw some playing time and Texas A&M ultimately finished 8-5 (4-4 SEC) before losing to Louisville in the Music City Bowl.
That said, based on how Texas A&M got off to decent starts in the two seasons since Manziel was drafted and then stumbled, perhaps Allen’s words do hold some water. The Aggies looked cocky at times down the stretch and just plain outmatched. If that doesn’t reek of the possibility of players getting lazy away from the field, then the problems in College Station are deeper than meets the eye.
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