There’s an old comedy proverb that goes something like “You never want to go on after someone kills,” meaning the follow-up to a very successful set will almost always be hindered by the audience’s freshly raised expectations. (Unless, of course, you pull out the old “complete silence for five minutes” gag, which always wins.) The same kinda goes for college quarterbacks. You never want to be the 17-year-old child who’s tasked with replacing a twenty-something school legend — no matter how good you were in high school. Especially at a big program like A&M (which has subsequently grown in the last two years to become a primetime television NCAA football staple).
Can you imagine how old it’s gonna get for this kid, hearing the name “Manziel”? The comparisons? The disappointment? Adjusting to college life is hard enough. Transitioning to Division I athletics is no cake walk, either. But factor in the devastatingly awesome legacy left in the wake of what could’ve very well been the most telegenic, media-obsessed quarterback era any school has ever had. Factor in the void left in the wake of a player so iconic people were shaving his likeness into their heads. With his own separate section on TMZ.
Put it this way: We’re not jealous of Kyle Allen. Of course, he knew what he was getting into when he sign on to go to A&M, ahead of Alabama, so we’ll assume he’s cool enough with the shadow he’ll be living in for at least one entire season.
Now, that being said, Kyle Allen is no chump. In fact, he’s one of the top ranked high school prospects at the position entering Division I football in the 2014 season. Not exactly equipped with Manziel’s attributes — which will probably help stave off some of the harsher comparisons for a while — the 6’2″, 200-pound Arizona product has a slower 40 time than his predecessor, but a stronger arm and obvious height advantage.
His competition for the job currently stands to be returning senior “Matt Joeckel, whose brother Luke was the second overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft,” and fellow incoming freshman, Kenny Hill.