Texas A&M Football: Could Former Aggies QB Matt Joekel Transfer to SMU?

Texas A&M QB Matt Joekel to Transfer, But Where Will He End Up?

4/18/14 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Texas A&M Aggies rising senior quarterback Matt Joeckel – brother of the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Luke – announced Wednesday afternoon that he will transfer for his final season of eligibility. Blog Photo - Texas A&M Football: Could Former Aggies QB Matt Joekel Transfer to SMU?

This leaves the indefinitely suspended sophomore Kenny Hill or highly-touted true freshman Kyle Allen as the man that will replace Johnny Manziel under center.

"I have loved my four and a half years at Texas A&M," Joeckel said, according to the school’s official athletic website. "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."

Having already earned his degree, Joeckel will have the opportunity to compete for a starting job right away. But where will he end up?

It’s difficult to speculate, but he’s going to want to pick somewhere that’s a nice fit for both his abilities as a player and one where he’ll feel comfortable finishing his collegiate career.

Being an Arlington (TX) native, it would be safe to assume he’ll want to stay within the Texas state borders. So which schools in the area are still looking for a quarterback, preferably a veteran that can lead and help build an offense?

Two words: June Jones.

Former SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert’s eligibility is up (after what seemed like 10 years), leaving Jones and the Mustangs with a huge void in the backfield. Gilbert – who finally put things together in his final season – was very productive in Jones’ run and shoot offense.

Joeckel has the arm and physical attributes to slide right in and continue the good things Gilbert was doing, but would have to vie for the spot with soon-to-be sophomore Neal Burcham, who threw for over 400 yards in two games while Gilbert was out with injury.

SMU would probably make the most sense for Joeckel, but definitely isn’t the only sensible option. Dan McCarney – one of my personal favorites – loses a senior quarterback in Derek Thompson and is looking for an upgrade in the passing game at North Texas. Larry Coker and his UTSA Roadrunners will be without two-year starter in Eric Soza, and Rice is moving on from the very successful Taylor McHargue.

Any of the listed schools should be strong candidates for Joeckel, and we should see a few visits followed by a final decision here in the next few weeks.

UPDATEJoeckel has announced that he will transfer to TCU, despite the possibility of a four-man race for the starting quarterback position.


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