Ryan Tannehill has moved onto the NFL and judging from the spring scrimmages, Jameill Showers is going to replace him under center for Texas A&M in 2012. When he takes the first snap of the 2012 season against Louisiana Tech, a national television audience is going to wonder who Jameill Showers is.
The answer to that question will help define the Aggies inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference. Showers plays the most important position on the field in Kevin Sumlin's offense. He is the triggerman who will be responsible for making the offense work.
The offense is going to have to carry the team in the SEC in 2012, so Showers' success or failure will help define the narrative of the season.
This is a look at what you need to know about Jameill Showers as the Ags enter the SEC.
Many falsely assume that because Showers has not started any games, he lacks meaningful experience. Showers has performed when given the chance.
Showers entered the 2011 Kansas State game in the second quarter in Manhattan and scored on a three-yard scramble. He has shown that he can be counted on to get the job done.
Showers completed four passes in five attempts in 2011. Although he has only played limited snaps, when he was given a chance he was effective.
Showers committed to A&M during his junior year of high school. He was injured his senior year so he missed his senior season.
When he committed to A&M, Showers was considered one of the most polished quarterbacks in the state. As a junior he passed for 2,150 yards and rushed for 513 yards.
He graduated from high school a semester early and participated in spring practices in 2010. The 2012 spring practice under Sumlin was the second-year quarterback's third spring in Aggieland.
Jon Gruden pointed out that Ryan Tannehill and the Aggies ran more out routes than any team in the nation in 2012. They were able to do this because of Tannehill's strong arm.
While Tannehill's arm was strong enough to help him be selected with the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft, it was not the strongest arm on campus. Showers has the strongest arm on campus.
This bodes well for Sumlin's offense which will require Showers to make all kinds of throws in order to be successful. Showers throws one of the prettier deep balls that you will ever see. The Ags are going to lean on his rifle arm to carry them against the top defenses in the SEC in 2012.
Showers' father, James Showers, was the defensive coordinator at Killeen Shoemaker High School while Jameill played quarterback for the Grey Wolves. The elder Showers was the offensive coordinator at Shoemaker in 2011 and recently accepted a position as head coach at Davis High School in Aldine, TX.
In general, coaches' kids make good quarterbacks because they grew up around the game and understand all the pressures that are associated with it. There is pressure to win in college, but that does not compare to the pressure to win in high school where if you do not perform you father loses his job.
James Showers kept his son humble and motivated throughout high school. The Aggies should benefit from his disciplined upbringing starting this season.
The Aggies have as much depth at running back as any team in the country not named LSU. Showers will be able to lean on those running backs and an experienced offensive line to help the Ags win games in 2012.
When A&M plays LSU and Alabama they are going to have to rely on Showers' arm more to move the ball. Against the rest of the 2012 schedule, the Ags should be able to win games by running the ball.
Showers does not have to be a superman in his first season as the starter. He simply needs to execute the offense and spread the ball around to his playmakers.
Showers is going to be the Aggies starting quarterback because he can consistently run the Aggies offense. He is not the most spectacular player on the roster. Johnny Manziel can make more explosive plays with his feet than Showers can.
What Showers has that Manziel does not have yet is the coaches' trust. The coaches can count on Showers to execute the offense and move the ball down the field on the road in the SEC.
Manziel will amaze you with his ability to make plays with his feet. He will also frustrate you by taking chances that result in turnovers.
Aggie fans should expect a steady offense from Showers that moves the ball and scores points.