When Texas A&M heads to Nashville for the Music City Bowl later this month, they will do so without sophomore Kyle Allen, who spent the bulk of the 2015 season as the Aggies' starting quarterback.
Allen posted the following message to Texas A&M fans Thursday evening:
Thank you College Station and thank you Texas A&M University pic.twitter.com/hekE2O31ZK— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) December 11, 2015
Allen, a former five-star recruit who was rated as the nation's No. 1 pro style quarterback in the class of 2014 by Rivals.com, has appeared in 10 games for the Aggies this season after winning the starting job from Kenny Hill during the 2014 season. In those 10 games, Allen was 160-283 passing for 2,210 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Throughout the season, however, it appeared as though Kevin Sumlin and the rest of the Texas A&M staff were eager to get snaps for freshman quarterback Kyler Murray, a player more in the mold of recent Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. It's a trend that made Thursday's news unsurprising to many in College Station.
Even though he finished the regular season as the Aggies' third string QB, expect Murray to get the start against Louisville on Dec. 30. The dual threat finished the regular season with 686 yards and five touchdowns through the air, and 335 yards and one more score on the ground.