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Aggie quarterback Matt Joeckel to transfer

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:02 am | Updated: 7:58 pm, Mon Sep 22, 2014.

The race to replace Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M University just got a little less crowded. The university announced Wednesday morning that Aggie quarterback Matt Joeckel will transfer.

“Matt is a great Aggie and he has decided to transfer,” said A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin in a prepared statement. “We wish him all the best.”

Joeckel earned his undergraduate degree from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M in December and should be available to play immediately at his transfer destination. He similarly released a prepared statement.

“I have loved my four and a half years at Texas A&M,” Joeckel said. “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 was one of three main contenders for the Aggies' top offensive spot. His departure leaves the door open for true freshman and blue chip recruit Kyle Allen and rising sophomore Kenny Hill.

Joeckel started the 2013 season as the primary backup to Manziel and started the opening game against Rice. He threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns for an overall QB rating of 143.8.

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  • just passing by posted at 8:40 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    just passing by Posts: 299

    Best of luck Matt.... QB competition at Tx A&M??.... It's been a long time since we had that problem.

  • SonsofTexas posted at 7:34 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    SonsofTexas Posts: 535

    The bad part about this is the numbers. Hill and Allen are both Freshman. You can't expect them to be Manziel. There is a good chance that they will struggle. Whoever wins the job, now has a backup that has no experience either. Not only that you are down to two scholarship quarterbacks and two walk ons. The history of this game seems like, if you don't have a quality backup ready to play is when you will definitely need one. It would have made a lot more sense to announce who was in competition for your starting job in August instead of allowing your guys to leave. It wouldn't have given Joeckel a chance to leave but it was better for the program. Not a smart coaching decision.

    And there were three more arrests yesterday. If any of these guys miss game time in week one over this nonsense you are looking at a starting safety, two expected starting receivers, your possible starting quarterback or at the very least your only backup, a defensive end, possibly a starting defensive tackle if he comes back to school, and your starting middle linebacker from a year ago. If they miss anytime week one, it is against South Carolina and not Rice. Someone needs to get control of this before it gets worse. It is already way out of hand.

    Joeckel put up simmilar numbers than Hill in high school against what I belive was the same district competition. Since Hill and Allen are both very inexperienced he may have been your best starting option for right now. Not better than Hill or Allen longterm but better immediately. This decision seems really strange especially since he was the only backup with any experience. The next big question is this. Hill and Allen were both highly recruited. One is a sophomore and one is a fresman. If Allen wins the job will Hill look to leave as well? Is he willing to be a backup for his remaining three years of eligibility? And the flip side does Allen feel comfortable sitting behind Hill and losing three years of eligibility? You can't redshirt him now he is the only backup you have. It seems like under Sumlin if they can't play they are gone. No one wants to stay and develop. Not a good sign. I don't think you are done losing quarterbacks.

    Joeckel's decision to leave is also very curious. I understand the wanting to play but the timing of the announcement is a little strange. He may not find a place where he can walk in and start now, since he won't get there until the fall. He can't enroll till the next semester, so the timing does seem odd. Maybe Sumlin isn't the only one who made a bad decision in this ordeal. This is just not good all the way around. Sad.....

  • RJ posted at 11:02 am on Wed, Apr 16, 2014.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    Class Act just like his brother, credit his family. Has a business degree, will start at QB wherever he goes, a success in life after football. Now we need to land Kevin Murray's son for the future!!

  • gregwh posted at 10:33 am on Wed, Apr 16, 2014.

    gregwh Posts: 635

    Wish Matt the best. He showed a lot of promise as a traditional pocket passer. I hope he lands somewhere that gets him an opportunity to start.

  • mart80 posted at 10:27 am on Wed, Apr 16, 2014.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    I guess the writing on the wall was there.Good luck, Matt and thanks.


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