The last month has been tumultuous one for the Texas A&M Aggies football program. Following the conclusion of the regular season, which ended with a disappointing defeat in Baton Rouge at the hands of the LSU Tigers, there has been a huge amount of change throughout the Aggies program.
A Tough Month for Aggies Football Program
The starting quarterback controversy was solved after both Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen announced that they were to going transfer away from the program. Kyler Murray opting to go to Oklahoma and Kyle Allen making the short move to Houston left the Aggies with just one scholarship quarterback on the team in Jake Hubenak. They also have no quarterback committed to the team for the 2016 recruiting class either which head coach Kevin Sumlin will be hoping to change immediately.
Losing both five star recruits was a huge blow to the team’s long term hopes but the team put in a decent, if uninspiring, performance in the Music City Bowl against Louisville as they lost 27-21. The defense adjusted brilliantly after struggling to contain quarterback Lamar Jackson in the early part of the game. Jake Hubenak threw for over 300 yards and certainly showed himself to be an able leader of the Aggies offense. But whether or not Hubenak can be the starter in 2016 remains to be seen.
Following the bowl game we saw some changes within the program as much maligned offensive coordinator Jake Spavital was finally fired, much to the delight of the fans who’d been calling for him to be replaced throughout the season. Head coach Kevin Sumlin was given a vote of confidence by the athletic director Eric Hyman, only for Hyman to then resign in the following days, leaving many people stumped. But the university president followed Hyman’s resignation by saying that Sumlin had his full support before officially naming Scott Woodward as the new athletic director.
The one positive for the Aggies is that following the bowl game, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight confirmed that he would transfer to Texas A&M as a graduate transfer meaning that they now have someone to compete with Jake Hubenak for the starting job for the 2016 season. But a lot of the excitement and expectation for the 2016 has been lost due to what has been a really tough month for the Aggies program.