Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Position breakdown: Quarterback
By Sam Khan Jr.
With Texas A&M's magical 2012 season in the books and the 2013 edition of national signing day in the rearview mirror, spring practice is quickly approaching.
Yes, it's already time to think about "next season."
The Aggies will hit the field for spring drills in mere weeks, with March 2 serving as the date for the first practice. Coach Kevin Sumlin and company will look to build on an unforgettable 11-2 season in which the Aggies won as many games as they had since 1998, defeated the eventual BCS champion, brought in a Heisman Trophy and crushed Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Heisman winner Johnny Manziel returns for the Aggies in 2013, giving them an undeniable advantage at quarterback over other schools.
And if there's one position that you know who the unquestioned starter will be, it's at quarterback.
Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel will enter his sophomore season this fall with a Heisman Trophy already under his belt.
Manziel captivated Aggies -- and college football fans -- everywhere with his breathtaking runs and knack for making seemingly impossible plays look easy. He set the SEC record for offensive yards in a season (5,116). So as long as he's healthy, the Aggies don't have to worry about their quarterback.
The question at the position going into this season will be who the quarterback is behind Manziel.
Last season's backup quarterback, Jameill Showers, decided to transfer and is in the process of determining where he'll spend the remainder of his college career. That leaves scholarship quarterbacks Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis on the roster going into the spring.
Joeckel shared time with Showers behind Manziel last season, appearing in five games. He attempted 11 passes, completing five for 42 yards. The 6-foot-4, 234-pound Joeckel will be a junior this season and knows the offense as well as anybody, giving him a leg up on the No. 2 job.
Matt Davis, who was the No. 107 player in the 2012 ESPN 150, redshirted as a true freshman. He spent much of the 2012 season serving as a scout-team quarterback, but it will be interesting to see if he can push Joeckel for the No. 2 job. Davis has plenty of physical tools, is smart and athletic, but hasn't been in the offense as long as Manziel and Joeckel have.
There are potentially two more quarterbacks to come in the fall: ESPN 150 prospect Kohl Stewart and Southlake (Texas) Carroll senior Kenny Hill each signed with the Aggies on Wednesday. Both are baseball players, but Stewart is being projected as a possible high first-round pick in the MLB draft, so whether he's in Aggieland this fall remains a question that probably won't be answered until the summer.