Texas A&M Looks To Replace Manziel
By Dan Harralson
No more Johnny Football, no more Mike Evans, no more Luke Joeckel — no problem at Texas A&M.
Or is there?
Kevin Sumlin was still all smiles at SEC Media Days on Tuesday, which he should be.
Replacing Manziel is obviously not an easy task, but it's not the end if the world either. Sumlin has chalked up plays efficiently everywhere he has been, and with any quaterback he has had. Ever since his OC days at Oklahoma, and then becoming a head coach for the first time at Houston, Sumlin has always had a productive quarterback. Case Keenum was his signal caller at Houston. Keenum still stands as the NCAA's all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns and completions. Sumlin followed that up by turning Manziel into a Heisman Trophy-winner.
That's probably why Sumlin was irritated by the numerous Manziel questions he was asked Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
"We understand that there isn't going to be another Manziel," Sumlin said. "Does that mean that we change offensively?"
Sumlin is like Gus Malzahn when it comes to implementing a new quarterback after a startin QB graduates or goes pro, and his answers continue to dictate that.
"That's a great question … for the Cleveland Browns," Sumlin said when reporters continued to talk Manziel in the 2014 season.
This season for the Aggies was finally mentioned briefly. Sustaining success is crucial, especially in the SEC, and Sumlin is well aware of that.
"We don't have time for a bunch of rebuilding years because if that happens, there will be a new guy standing up here," he said. "We have a lot of pieces in place. A lot of young guys ready to play. We pride ourselves on being a player developmental program."
And yes, the 2014 quarterback race for the Aggies was discussed, but only briefly.
"We have not decided on a quaterback and will find that out probably a few weeks before the first game," Sumlin said. "I didn't come here today to tell you who our quaterback will be."
2014 ProbableTexas A&M Schedule Breakdown
Wins: Lamar, Rice, SMU, Arkansas, ULM, Missouri
Losses: South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, LSU
Toss-ups: Mississippi State, Ole Miss