Five star quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray both transferred from Texas A&M this off-season and the Aggies quarterback depth chart took a huge hit as a result. The departure of Allen and Murray left just two inexperienced quarterbacks on the team. Recently Texas A&M added former Oklahoma signal caller Trevor Knight as a graduate transfer and also landed three star recruit Nick Starkel who had originally committed to UCLA.
Below is a break down of the four Aggies quarterbacks on the roster as the Texas A&M heads into training camp this spring.
Texas A&M Aggies Quarterback Depth Chart
Easily the most known commodity of the four signal callers. Knight impressed in a big way in the Sooners Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama in January 2014 when he threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns. The hype heading into the 2014 season was huge and unfortunately he had a very disappointing season where he threw just 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in a subpar year.
He lost the starting job for the 2015 season to transfer Baker Mayfield and decided to transfer for his final year of eligibility. Many feel Trevor Knight is the favorite to start for Texas A&M at quarterback in 2016 due to his far greater experience when compared to the likes of Jake Hubenak and Nick Starkel.
Jake Hubenak spent the year as the backup to both Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. He finished the fourth quarter in the loss at Ole Miss after it became clear that Kyle Allen was injured and the game was already lost. It is believed that Kyler Murray was unofficially suspended for the game which is why he didn’t play.
Hubenak was then thrust into the starting role for the Music City Bowl after both Allen and Murray had already left the Aggies. He performed admirably in the game, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough to defeat Louisville. Hubenak is a popular player with the coaches due to his hard working nature and his devotion to Aggie football but he isn’t a long term answer at the position in the eyes of some.
Starkel is arguably the most likely player to take the starting job away from Trevor Knight. Starkel was originally committed to UCLA after being recruited mainly by then Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone who left to become the Aggies offensive coordinator. The de-commitment came quickly after Mazzone became the offensive coordinator at A&M and suddenly the Aggies had another quarterback coming onto campus in the off-season.
Starkel is a pro style quarterback from Argyle, Texas whose junior season in high school was more impressive than his senior season, as his final high school was marred by too many interceptions. Starkel attended the Elite 11 camp where he received rave reviews from Trent Dilfer but he will have a short window of time to prove himself to head coach Kevin Sumlin and the rest of the A&M coaching staff.
Connor McQueen is a senior like Knight but he has yet to take a single snap at quarterback as he’s served mainly as a backup and as the holder on field goal and extra point attempts. McQueen was a walk-on originally and is unlikely to serve as anything other than roster depth in his final year on campus.