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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Current and future: Quarterbacks

By Sam Khan Jr.

As fall practice and the 2012 season approach, GigEmNation will take a look at where the Aggies stand currently and in the future at each position group. Today, we glance at the quarterbacks.

Current
On the depth chart: Matt Joeckel, Johnny Manziel, Jameill Showers
Jameill Showers
Jameill Showers passed for 40 yards last season in backup duty.
None of the three has any starting experience at the college level, as they compete in fall camp for the starting job. Showers, a redshirt sophomore, enters camp as the favorite to win the job, based on his spring performance. He was Ryan Tannehill's backup in 2011 and is the only one of the three who has seen any sort of playing time, though it was limited (he attempted five passes in 2011). Showers brings a strong arm and some mobility to the table. Manziel, who was a high school All-American, is a playmaker, especially with his feet. The redshirt freshman can run but can also make pass plays outside of the pocket. Joeckel has a good grasp of the offense and his strength is as a pocket-passer.

Others of note: Matt Davis The true freshman was one of the jewels of the 2012 recruiting class for the Aggies and was an early enrollee who participated in spring practice. The Houston/Klein Forest product is a dual-threat quarterback who, like Manziel, can make big plays on the run or outside the pocket.

Future: Kenny Hill, Kohl Stewart
Hill is the latest in a long line of quality quarterbacks to come through Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School. The 21st-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, Hill led the Dragons to a Class 5A Division I state championship last season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hill amassed 3,006 passing yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior season, and since winning the starting job midway through his sophomore year, he's 23-1. Stewart, who is 91st overall in the ESPN 150 and ranked the seventh-best pocket passer in the nation, is an intriguing prospect. The 6-2, 195-pound athlete is not only a four-star quarterback, but he's an All-American baseball player, too, and is a likely prospect for the 2013 MLB first-year player draft. If drafted high enough next June, he'll have a significant decision to make. If he heads to College Station, he'll play football and baseball.