Written by Corbett Smith
Allen's Kyler Murray not concerned with potential quarterback competition at Texas A&M
To outsiders, the biggest possible roadblocks for Allen quarterback Kyler Murray signing with Texas A&M were the two young, talented quarterbacks already waiting in the wings at College Station: former Southlake Carroll star Kenny Hill and freshman and early enrollee Kyle Allen.
It's difficult to envision any freshman knocking out a successful incumbent, especially at quarterback. And if Hill, a sophomore, or Allen - considered the top pocket passer in the nation from the Class of 2014 - were to establish themselves in the 2015 season, it might be several years before Murray sees the field.
During the press conference, Murray said that wouldn't have committed to Texas A&M if he didn't believe he had a chance to compete for the starting job soon.
He elaborated afterward, explaining that in the SEC, if you're not playing behind a massive offensive line (i.e. LSU and Alabama), a nimble dual-threat quarterback is the best option.
"You've got to be able to make plays," Murray said.
Murray's speed and play-making ability are much more like Johnny Manziel than A&M's current crop of QBs. Allen is more of a traditional pocket passer, while Hill - despite being an accomplished rusher at Carroll (3,239 yards and 64 TDs) - is more fullback than game-breaking tailback.
"I believe in myself," Murray said. "You see what Johnny did. You see what I can do."