Texas A&M Football: Jameill Showers Appears to Have the Lead for Starting QB Job

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 30, 2012

Texas A&M QB Jameill Showers / Photo Credit: Getty Images
Texas A&M QB Jameill Showers / Photo Credit: Getty Images

 The biggest question facing new Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin this spring was who was going to be the starting quarterback. That question will linger into the offseason, according to the Bryan-College Station Eaglealthough sophomore Jameill Showers appears to have the lead after the Aggies wrapped up spring practice with the Maroon & White Game on Saturday. 

Showers was the star of the day and appears to have a leg up on the competition for the job of starting quarterback. He completed 20-of-31 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, while redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel completed 13-of-27 passes for 154 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Showers and Manziel have appeared to separate themselves from Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis in the four-man race for the top spot on the depth chart at quarterback. Showers appears to have a lead in the competition, but new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury wants to extend the competition into summer workouts, according to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.

"We want this summer to be part of the competition,” Kingsbury told Zwerneman after the game. “They all made strides, but in 15 practices I can’t see enough to make a decision."

Showers may not officially have the title yet, but it appears to be trending in that direction. Whoever ultimately wins the job will have his work cut out for him. The transition to the SEC coupled with the installation of a new offense is a lot for any player to take on. Getting those first-team practice reps is going to be even more important this offseason for the Aggies.

Sumlin's up-tempo offense was on display on Saturday. The Aggies racked up 600 total yards on the afternoon, and ran 105 plays in the first half according to statistics released by the University.


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