Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16
Texas A&M announced on Instagram that Kenny Hill is the team's starting quarterback:
Kyle Allen might have the highest ceiling when it comes to the Aggies' future, but Hill offers more to the team right now. Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle alluded to this last week:
Kenny Hill looked really, really sharp and in charge during Aggies early team drills this evening. Kyle Allen looked like a freshman.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) August 4, 2014
Replacing a legend is always difficult. Of course, it's a little easier when you've got two talented players waiting in the wings.
Who will step into the void left by Johnny Manziel has been a topic of discussion among Texas A&M fans all offseason. The Aggies depth chart released during SEC media days did nothing to answer the question as to whether Kenny Hill or Kyle Allen has the early upper hand.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin said that no decision has been made and won't be for at least a few more weeks, per Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle:
Sumlin on QB battle between soph Kenny Hill and fr Kyle Allen: We'll have a pretty good grasp on who's going to be the guy (by Aug. 16).— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) July 31, 2014
ESPN.com's Chris Low waded into the issue on ESPN Radio's Sports Talk with Bo in Arkansas and said that Allen is looking like the better bet:
Low: In talking to people close to the Texas A&M program, they think Kyle Allen is their best player at QB.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) July 28, 2014
Both signal-callers were highly regarded coming out of high school. Hill was the 10th-best dual-threat QB and 230th overall in the Class of 2013, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. Allen ranked 10th in the Class of 2014 and was the best pro-style quarterback in the country, per 247Sports. The latter is by far the better pure thrower, while the former is cut more from the Manziel mold.
Sumlin's recent history as a head coach fails to shed light on this matter, either. He doesn't favor one style over another and has been flexible in terms of the type of quarterback he allows to run his offense. Johnny Football and Case Keenum are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but both had success under Sumlin's watch.
Whomever he picks will have a baptism by fire in the opening game of the 2014 season. Texas A&M travels to Columbia on Thursday, Aug. 28 to take on South Carolina.