Texas A&M has a new starting quarterback, and his debut was successful.
Coach Kevin Sumlin announced the QB switch on Friday.
It was the first career start for Murray, a five-star recruit with a decorated prep resume. Sophomore Kyle Allen started Texas A&M's first seven games this season and the final five games of the 2014 season. But Sumlin reopened the competition for starting quarterback Monday morning following consecutive poor outings from Allen, who led the Aggies to a 5-0 start before losses to Alabama and Ole Miss.
Listed at 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, Murray was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the 2015 ESPN 300.
At Allen (Texas) High, Murray was 42-0 as a starter and led his team to three consecutive state championships. He was the 2014 Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year and threw for 4,713 yards and 54 touchdowns while rushing for 1,485 yards and 25 touchdowns in his senior season. He's the son of former Texas A&M star quarterback Kevin Murray.
In the Aggies' first seven games, Allen completed 56.8 percent of his throws for 1,625 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions and rushed for 107 yards and two scores, but he struggled in his last two outings, completing 32 of 74 passes (43.2 percent) for 351 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Three of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns, all in a 41-23 loss to Alabama.
Murray will be the Aggies' third starting quarterback since the start of the 2014 season. He did not play in the Aggies' 23-3 loss to Ole Miss last week as the result of a sideline incident between Murray and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital during the Aggies' loss to Alabama.
Sumlin declined to discuss details of the incident but said on Tuesday, "Kyler has done the things necessary that we've asked him to do based on what happened on the sideline. ... Since that time, I think it has been a learning experience for him. He's come back, he's practiced, he's doing the right things, and that's why he was part of the discussion [Monday] in this wide-open three-man competition."