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.