Practice notes: QB battle continues 

August, 14, 2012
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No matter who wins the ongoing quarterback battle at Texas A&M, it's worth noting that there won't be any rotation of sorts or time-share between two or three of the candidates. Coach Kevin Sumlin indicated on Monday after the Aggies' evening practice that whoever it is, it will be one quarterback.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPN.comRedshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel took the majority of first-team snaps during Texas A&M's scrimmage over the weekend.
"I have traditionally not been a two or three-quarterback system guy," Sumlin said. "I think a guy's got to feel like he's got the team and I feel like a guy's got to feel like he's the backup and when his opportunity comes, if it comes, then he needs to be ready to play instead of shoveling guys in and out."

The battle between the trio of sophomores Matt Joeckel and Jameill Showers and redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel continues. Manziel and Joeckel shined during Saturday's scrimmage at Kyle Field and on Monday during a brief team session during the open portion of practice, Manziel lined up with the first team and Showers went with the second team, perhaps indicating that Manziel has taken the lead.

With a smile, Sumlin reminded reporters that despite the thought that Showers might have had the job all but wrapped up heading into fall training camp, that it was still and is still very much open.

"You know they were all good," Sumlin said of their performances in Saturday's scrimmage. "They all did some good things. I thought that Johnny operated very very well. Like I said Saturday, just by his numbers, you can tell that he had an excellent day. I thought his progressions were good. He took care of the football and I thought all of them did a pretty good job of doing that. It wasn't that Jameill was bad, it's just that the other two guys were playing pretty good, too.

"I'm not surprised by the development of all three of them. Like I said in the spring, you guys are the ones that said we had a quarterback picked. I never said that. I'll keep reminding you guys of that all of the time."

Other notables from Monday's practice:

• Defensive tackles Kirby Ennis and Jonathan Mathis, who sat out a few workouts last week including Saturday's scrimmage with minor injuries, returned to the lineup and worked with the first-team defense.

• One true freshman that saw significant field time on Saturday and continues to push for playing time is defensive end Julien Obioha. Sumlin specifically cited him for what he has shown during camp. Like fellow true freshman De'Vante Harris, who worked with the first team at cornerback during Saturday's scrimmage, Obioha is pushing for a spot in the starting lineup. Obioha got some work with the first-team defense also at defensive end on Saturday and on Monday.

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