Top Transfer Options for Ex-Texas A&M QB Matt Joeckel

Ben KerchevalCollege Football Lead WriterApril 16, 2014

HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 19: Matt Joeckel #16 of the Texas A&M Aggies in the pocket while Ben Bradley #50 of the Auburn Tigers rushes on October 19, 2013 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Auburn Tigers won 45 to 41.(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Matt Joeckel will transfer from Texas A&M, according to a university release. As a career backup, he's thrown for 335 yards and two touchdowns, but it doesn't look like he was going to win the starting job in 2014. 

That means the Aggies' quarterback race is down to two: sophomore Kenny Hill, who was suspended indefinitely last month for a public intoxication arrest, and early enrollee Kyle Allen. 

Because Joeckel earned his undergraduate degree in December, he will be able to complete his final year of eligibility in 2014 without having to sit out a year. 

Of course, Texas A&M could block Joeckel from having permission to contact and/or permission to play immediately at any school on its 2014 schedule. That's the school's right. 

Still, Joeckel is likely bound for some place where he would have a chance to win the starting job right away. Who are some early possibilities?



As TCU transitions into a new offense with co-coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham, it still has a quarterback issue to deal with. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports tweets that, in fact, the Frogs could be a possibility. 

Junior Trevone Boykin remains the No. 1 option at quarterback, according to head coach Gary Patterson, but there's no doubt Boykin looks more comfortable as either a wide receiver or running back. 

The situation behind Boykin is murky as backup Tyler Matthews announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he's transferring. Last month, Patterson said backup quarterback play was “nothing to write home to mother yet" (h/t Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Additionally, a pair of freshmen—Foster Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein—aren't scheduled to arrive until this summer.

Joeckel would give Patterson another option—and one with with experience in the Air Raid offense, no less. If Joeckel were to win the starting job, that could allow Boykin to move to a position better suited for his skill set while redshirting Sawyer and/or Muehlstein. 



Chris O'Meara

As mentioned above by Feldman, the Mustangs could be an early leader in the Joeckel sweepstakes. SMU is in need of a quarterback, too, after the departure of Garrett Gilbert.

However, unlike TCU, SMU is on A&M's '14 schedule (Sept. 20). Would A&M take issue with that? It is worth noting that former A&M quarterback Jameill Showers transferred to UTEP last year, and the Miners played the Aggies last season.

Still, A&M had an established, Heisman-winning quarterback at the time—Johnny Manziel. Things could be viewed differently this time around since there is still a competition for the starting job.

In any case, SMU would seem like a natural fit for Joeckel. It could just come down to whether A&M is OK with the transfer. 


Northern Illinois

Julio Cortez

Perhaps the Huskies are content with the quarterback battle among Drew Hare, Matt McIntosh and Anthony Maddie, but this would be an interesting, off-the-radar landing spot for Joeckel. 

Northern Illinois is replacing quarterback Jordan Lynch. Despite what he may be at the NFL level, he was still massively important to NIU's offense and accounted for 69 percent of the team's touchdowns last season. 

That's not easily replaced by anyone, but NIU has a lot of inexperience at quarterback. Bringing in Joeckel would at least provide some experience. Hare is likely the favorite to succeed Lynch, but he attempted just nine passes last season. 

If transferring to a program with big offensive potential is Joeckel's goal, perhaps NIU is worth a look. 


Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report.