Matt Joeckel vs. Kenny Hill: Updates on QBs After Johnny Manziel's Suspension
For at least one half of football, Texas A&M is going to have to find a replacement for reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.
That's because Johnny Football, according to Texas A&M beat writer Billy Liucci, will reportedly be suspended for the first half of Saturday's opener against Rice:
Latest on Manziel? Per multiple sources, he'll be suspended for first half of season-opener versus Rice on Saturday.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) August 28, 2013
As ESPN notes, this means that the Aggies have dodged a major bullet when it comes to their star quarterback:
An agreement has been reached between the NCAA and Texas A&M that a source told ESPN's McMurphy closes the book on Manziel's recent issues.
The NCAA has acknowledged Manziel did not receive money for signing autographs, the source said.
Nevertheless, head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff still need a quarterback for two quarters, and it will be compelling to see who takes the snaps.
According to Rotoworld's Josh Norris, true freshman Kenny Hill has been getting the majority of the reps as backup:
Coming out of high school, the 4-star Hill was ranked by 247Sports as the eighth-best dual-threat quarterback in America. Per ESPN's report, he threw for 2,291 yards and 20 touchdowns while running for another 905 and 22 as a senior at Southlake Carroll last year.
He is blessed with loads of talent, and this would be a terrific opportunity for the Aggies' potential quarterback of the future to get some early game experience.
The other option is junior Matt Joeckel.
Joeckel is more of a pocket passer. The former 3-star recruit—and Luke Joeckel's twin brother—attempted 11 passes last year, completing five of them for 42 yards.
Sumlin, per ESPN, has been pleased with each signal-caller's progress this summer and believes Texas A&M's offensive line will help take the pressure off whoever starts.
Whoever plays, however, it will only be for two quarters until one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in America re-takes the reins.
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