Aggie fans and folks in the media called for freshman Kyler Murray to step in for Kyle Allen as the sophomore QB continued to struggle against Ole Miss in the third quarter.
If Jake Spavital is going to call plays like this AND keep Kyler Murray on the bench, Sumlin should probably bench Spavital.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 25, 2015
A&M doesn’t want to throw Kyler Murray into this, but they’re about to have to right?— Aubrey Bloom (@aubreyrbloom) October 17, 2015
De'Vante Harris did not seem to have fond words about the starting QB when they showed him talking to Kyler Murray on the sideline— Brian Perroni (@Perroni247) October 25, 2015
While Jake Hubenak was a very good quarterback at Blinn College, most were surprised to hear his name called when Allen was eventually pulled from the game.
Kyle Allen is on a 1-of-12 slide. That one completion went for -1 yard. In other news, Kyler Murray is not warming up on A&M sideline.— Gabe Bock (@GabeBock) October 25, 2015
Lifeless performance from Texas A&M's offense, but what's up with Jake Hubenak going in at QB over Kyler Murray?— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) October 25, 2015
In a postgame press conference (video), Kevin Sumlin said that the decision was based on the week of practice.
"It's just based on practice and how practice has been going. We were going to go with whoever we felt was going to give us the best chance to get back in it and based on practice that's how the decision was made... just like every other position." - Kevin Sumlin on Jake Hubenak playing ahead of Kyler Murray
When asked if Kyler Murray had been in trouble for anything, Sumlin repeated the decision to play Hubenak as backup was 'based on practice.'— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) October 25, 2015
Sumlin's comments were dismissed by many fans and rumors of a rift between Kyler Murray and the coaching staff appeared.
Looks like I was right. Heard a bad story about stuff on sideline and it was only thing that makes sense for Kyler not playing. Unfortunate— Brandon Leone (@BrandonLeone) October 25, 2015
Heard from 3 separate sources that confirm issues with Kyler Murray during Bama game. One said, "Murray did not handle last week well."— Sean Adams (@thatsean) October 25, 2015
This column by John Lopez adds more detail to the situation, but you will have to judge the reliability of unnamed sources. Here is an excerpt from that article.
Hence, when Murray was yanked in the Alabama game after throwing an interception, he went full F-bomb on Spavital and his fate for the Ole Miss game was sealed. But the drama did not stop with the Aggie coaching staff deciding early last week not to play Murray in Oxford.
Murray apparently did not take a single snap with the first-team offense in practice and was told he would travel and suit out for the Ole Miss game, even though he would not play. Players began taking sides in the locker-room more than ever, some believing Allen’s physical (shoulder) and mental struggles should have opened the door for Murray to get a legitimate chance to make the team his.
We probably won't hear much more official word on the matter from inside the Aggie Football program, but everyone will be keeping an eye on A&M's QB situation versus South Carolina on Saturday.