The Texas A&M Aggies have gotten a lot of headlines over the past few years regarding departed quarterbacks. Whether they were current players who transferred or high school recruits who changed their college commitment, A&M has had more than its fair share of QB drama since the SEC in 2012.
With guys like Kyler Murray and Tate Martell making headlines in recent days, we thought we’d take a look back at the quarterbacks who left A&M and see...
Where are they now?
As is required by law, this “where are they now?” list will be presented in slideshow format.
- JAMEILL SHOWERS: Considered the favorite to win the starting QB job in 2012, Showers was a surprise backup when redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel was named the starter. The rest is history, with Manziel winning the Heisman and Showers announcing his transfer the following February. Getty Images
- Believe it or not, Showers still has a career in football. After starting two years at UT El Paso, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. After failing to crack the depth chart at QB, he switched to safety and special teams. He has bounced back and forth between the 52-man roster and the practice squad, and has been on injured reserve this season with a knee injury. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
- KOHL STEWART: This guy came about as close as a recruit can come to being at A&M without actually doing it. A four-star recruit, he signed his letter if intent with A&M, but instead chose to play baseball after he was drafted with the fourth overall pick by the Minnesota Twins.
- Stewart has spent several years working his way through the minor leagues. Despite rumors this time last year that he would ditch baseball to return to A&M and try to be a QB again, he stayed with the Twins, even making his major league debut in August. He’s expected to battle for a spot in the Twins’ starting rotation this spring. Getty Images
- MATT DAVIS: A highly touted quarterback recruit out of Houston, Davis signed with A&M out of high school in February 2012, but with the emergence of Johnny Manziel, transferred from Texas A&M in August 2013.
- Matt spent one season at Tyler Junior College before finishing his college career at SMU. He was the starter for two seasons, then missed virtually all of the 2016 season due to injury. Today, you can find Matt covering Aggie Sports for The Other 98.
- MATT JOECKEL: The brother of fellow Aggie and NFL first round pick Luke Joeckel, Matt started one game for Texas A&M when Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half against Rice in 2013. Joeckel became a graduate transfer to TCU in April 2014. Getty Images
- Joeckel could not unseat incumbent starter Trevon Boykin at TCU in his final season of eligibility. He’d go on to attend law school at Texas Tech and is now an associate at a law firm in Dallas (thanks, LinkedIn).
- KENNY HILL: Ah, Kenny Trill. After bursting on the scene with a record-setting performance in his first start against South Carolina, Hill, performed inconsistently before eventually being suspended and benched in favor of freshman Kyle Allen. He transferred once the season was over. Getty Images
- Hill was the successor to Trevon Boykin at TCU, starting there in 2016 and 2017. After being signed but then cut by the Oakland Raiders last summer, Hill served as a student coach with the TCU football team as he works to complete his degree. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
- KYLE ALLEN: Part of the most infamous transfer saga, Allen became the starter in 2014, and entered the 2015 season as starter despite sharing early time with freshman Kyler Murray. Allen lost his starting job, then shortly gained it back again, but he never regained trust in the A&M coaching staff. He announced his transfer in December 2015. Getty Images
- Allen transferred to the University of Houston when Tom Herman was coach. He was the starter going into the 2017 season, but was soon benched by then coach Major Applewhite. Despite his struggles, Allen made the roster of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, even starting a game this past season and throwing two touchdowns when the Panthers’ QB room was riddled with injuries. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
- KYLER MURRAY: Murray was an Aggie legacy and a Texas high school football legend before even stepping foot onto the field at A&M. But after inconsistent play and mind-boggling usage in his freshman year, Murray transferred, just days after fellow five-star recruit Kyle Allen. Getty Images
- I probably don’t have to tell you this one, but Murray transferred to Oklahoma and spent two years watching Baker Mayfield before taking the reigns in 2018, winning the Heisman trophy and leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff. While he was drafted 9th overall in the baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics, it appears Murray may spurn that deal and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Getty Images
- TATE MARTELL: Martell, rated as one of the top QBs in the 2017 recruiting class, committed to the Aggies in August 2015, only to decommit in May 2016 when the Aggies switched from Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital to Noel Mazzone. Getty Images
- Martell would shortly commit to Ohio State, where he redshirted in 2017 and backed up Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins in 2018. However, following the transfer of former Georgia QB Justin Fields to Ohio State, Tate (who’s real name is “Tathan”), put his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Getty Images
- GRANT GUNNELL: He committed to Texas A&M in June 2017, and at the time he was a five-star recruit rated as the second-best QB in the 2019 recruiting class. He would decommit from A&M only eight months later, following the hiring of Jimbo Fisher.
- Gunnell was a strange recruiting case, going from being ranked as the 30th best player in the country in November 2017 to outside the top 400 a year later. Now a three-star recruit, Gunnell followed former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin (and OC Noel Mazzone) and signed with the Arizona Wildcats.