Texas A&M Football: Life After Johnny Manziel Begins in College Station

Life After Johnny Manziel Begins at Texas A&M

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Sep 21, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Matt Joeckel (16) against the SMU Mustangs in the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe man under center for the Texas A&M Aggies this fall won't be Johnny Manziel

That thought alone is enough to strike fear into the hearts of A&M fans around the world. But obviously, there's good reason for that concern.

Manziel was simply phenomenal in his two years as a starter, taking the Texas A&M offense to a whole new level and winning the Heisman trophy in the process.

The potential No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft accounted for 93 touchdowns as a member of the Aggies, which will not be easy to replace.

And that's putting it nicely.

The program must move in a new direction, as head coach Kevin Sumlin now has the task of finding the heir apparent to Manziel. Needless to say, that won't be an easy task.

Three quarterbacks are currently battling it out in spring practice for the right to be named starter, none of which are similar to the style that Manziel produced while on the field.

Senior Matt Joeckel, sophomore Kenny Hill, and freshman Kyle Allen will do the majority of their work in the pocket as opposed to scrambling to make plays. Joeckel and Hill both saw action in four games a piece during the 2013 season, so they still have plenty to prove.

Allen, on the other hand, is coming in with a ton of hype. That'll happen when you're a five-star pocket passer with ridiculous accuracy. Allen was the top-rated quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class, and his progression will certainly be a topic of discussion throughout spring practice.

It's still way too early to tell which quarterback will set himself apart from the pack.

Sometimes, even when a competition is taking place in the spring, we sort of get a feel for who will eventually win the job. That's not the case here.

All three players bring something to the table that will likely be appealing to Sumlin, so it's tough to even make educated decisions at this point.

But despite all the uncertainty around the new starting quarterback in College Station, one thing is undeniable:

He has some giant shoes to fill.

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