COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M could have a new starting quarterback on Saturday.
Coach Kevin Sumlin said on Tuesday that all three quarterbacks on the Aggies' depth chart -- sophomores Kyle Allen and Jake Hubenak and true freshman Kyler Murray -- will compete for the opportunity to start Saturday's game vs. South Carolina.
Allen has started the Aggies' first seven games this season but struggled in losses to Alabama and Ole Miss the past two weeks, completing 32 of 74 passes (43.2 percent) for 351 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in those games. Three of those interceptions, against Alabama, were returned for touchdowns, and the Aggies failed to score a touchdown on Saturday vs. Ole Miss before Allen was removed in the fourth quarter for Hubenak.
Murray, who has primarily served as the No. 2 quarterback this season but has appeared in five games, throwing for 167 yards, did not play on Saturday vs. Ole Miss. The dual-threat quarterback, who was the No. 1 ranked dual-threat quarterback recruit in the 2015 ESPN 300, has completed 54.8 percent of his passes (17 of 31) with a touchdown with two interceptions while rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries this season. Hubenak, a transfer from Blinn College, completed 6-of-11 passes for 46 yards on Saturday, his second appearance this season.
"What we're looking for is consistency, across the board, in quarterback play, cutting down on turnovers," Sumlin said he told his quarterbacks when he met with them collectively at 9:30 a.m. Monday, "and this week you're going to be evaluated not only based on practice and percentage and drills and everything else, but you're also going to be evaluated on your leadership skills, your communication with your teammates, your communication with the coaching staff and general overall play and demeanor."
Sumlin said he will announce the starter for Saturday's game before Friday's practice.
Allen has started 12 games in his career dating back to last season. This season he has completed 56.8 percent of his throws for 1,625 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions, and he has rushed for 107 yards and two scores.