Texas A&M announced on Wednesday that coach Kevin Sumlin has named redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel as the Aggies’ starting quarterback, succeeding Ryan Tannehill.
“Johnny has performed the best at this stage and we will proceed until the season opener with him getting the first-team reps,” Sumlin said in the school’s press release. “My policy is simple, really: The best player plays. Competition is a great thing and we need more competition at all of our positions. All of our quarterbacks have competed well, and I expect them to continue to push Johnny.”
According to Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News, Manziel’s standout performance in Saturday’s scrimmage probably won him the job. Zwerneman wrote on Saturday: “Manziel likely now holds an edge based on his ability a week into camp to make quick reads and get rid of the ball faster than the other two.”
Third-year sophomores Jameill Showers, Tannehill’s backup in 2011, and Matt Joeckel were the other two in the QB competition.
Given Sumlin’s track record at Houston, Manziel likely is going to get the chance to put up significant numbers in A&M’s new offense. Manziel’s recent arrest apparently did not affect his standing.