Christopher Smith

Texas A&M QB Matt Joeckel To Transfer

Created on Apr. 17, 2014 3:42 PM EST

It's so difficult to project college football rankings and conference pecking order this time of the year because of the fruit basket turnover at quarterback alone.

Amid news that Clemson kicked a contender for its starting job off the team and two of Texas Tech's only backups decided to leave the program voluntarily, Texas A&M's Matt Joeckel announced his intentions to transfer from the Aggies.

"I have loved my 4½ years at Texas A&M," Matt Joeckel said in a statement. "I am glad I had the opportunity to play for Coach Sumlin, Coach [Jake] Spavital and the rest of the coaches. I am proud to have my degree from the Mays Business School and I'll always consider myself a member of the Aggie family."

Joeckel, the brother of former Texas A&M offensive tackle and 2013 No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel, has one season of eligibility remaining. The former three-star recruit played in four games last season as Johnny Manziel's backup. Kenny Hill, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, also played in four games a season ago, but is suspended after becoming one of the myriad of Aggies to get arrested this offseason.

Could that leave the job of replacing Manziel, the first freshman ever to win a Heisman Trophy, to true freshman and early enrollee Kyle Allen?

Allen, ESPN's top-rated quarterback in the 2014 class, participated in spring practice. It's unlikely that Joeckel would've transferred if he felt he would have an opportunity to start, so either the Hill suspension is temporary or coach Kevin Sumlin really loves his new young quarterback.

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