All along Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said he wanted to name a starting quarterback two weeks before the Aug. 30 season opener against Louisiana Tech.
Now it appears the competition will last at least through this weekend’s scrimmage.
Sophomore Jameill Showers entered camp as the favorite, but Johnny Manziel outplayed him in last Saturday’s scrimmage. So did Matt Joeckel. Manziel and Joeckel each threw three touchdowns.
Manziel’s ability to make quick reads and get the ball out has one scribe calling for Sumlin to name him the starter already. The Eagle’s Robert Cessna wrote that Manziel “looked like a guy who spent the summer studying the playbook and working with his receivers. He made good decisions for the most part.”
Showers is the only QB with game experience. He backed up Ryan Tannehill last season and completed 4 of 5 throws for 40 yards. Manziel, a redshirt freshman, is a Parade All-American who threw for 45 TDs and five INTs as a high school senior.
“I thought his progressions were good, took care of the football,” Sumlin said of Manziel. “And I thought all of them did a pretty good job. It wasn’t that Jameil was bad, it was just that the other two guys played pretty good. I’m not surprised by the development of all three of them.”
Frosh wowing: True freshman RB Trey Williams is the talk of camp. In the scrimmage, he ripped off 136 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just nine carries. There was one 77-yard run in which he deked several defenders and used a stiff-arm to go the distance.
"He's been doing that all camp -- making people miss," Sumlin said. "And he's got wire-to-wire speed to go with that."
Williams (5-8, 175) is an elite talent out of Spring Dekaney High in Houston, where he ran for 3,890 yards as a senior and more than 8,000 in his career.
"He's got to learn the offense -- he's moving around a lot and got a penalty [in the scrimmage] because of that, but all of those little things we can work with," Sumlin said. "He wants to be great, and he'll work at it."
Williams' emergence gives the Aggies a loaded backfield led by Christine Michael. The senior, who's coming back from a torn ACL, got a few carries in Saturday's scrimmage.
Sacks aren’t everything: Junior defensive end Damontre Moore (6-4, 250) got three sacks and nearly a fourth in the scrimmage, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that two starting defensive tackles sat out with injuries. But Sumlin wants more consistency from Moore.
“He’s coming along,” the coach said. “He’s made big plays. The problem with him is it’s kind of a feast or famine deal. He’s made big plays but shown the ability to hurt the team with contain issues and penalties. He’s a guy we have to corral. He’s got to understand his role and become an every-down player who’s consistent. He’s a very talented guy who needs to undertstand we need him to be productive. He doesn’t need to be counterproductive.”
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