While they haven’t left College Station, the Texas A&M Aggies have moved plenty from conference to conference. Texas A&M football has called the late, lamented Southwest Conference, the Big 12 and now the SEC home.
Through it all, several notable quarterbacks have called Kyle Field home and made a splash in the world of college football. Of course, Johnny Manziel is the first to come to mind. But who are the top 10 Texas A&M quarterbacks ever?
Here’s a hint: It’s these 10 guys.
10. Gary Kubiak
Yes, we’re talking about the Gary Kubiak you’re thinking of. The one who became an NFL head coach and won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos after a stint with the Houston Texans. He also spent some time backing up John Elway in Denver.
9. Randy McCown
You may know Randy McCown’s younger brothers, Josh and Luke. He started in 1998 and 1999, with the 1999 season being haunted by the bonfire tragedy. McCown led the Aggies over fifth-ranked Texas in the wake of that and posted the second-most passing yards and the fifth-most passing touchdowns in a season for the school at the time.
8. Jerrod Johnson
Johnson took a redshirt while playing basketball for Texas A&M and eventually took over as the starter in 2008 as a redshirt sophomore. The 2009 season was definitely his best, as he was named second-team All-Big 12. He also threw 242 straight passes without throwing an interception, which was a conference record.
In his senior season, Johnson saw a dip in production. Actually, he lost his starting job to another guy higher on this list. Still, his 30-touchdown, 3,579-yard campaign in 2009 was nothing to hang is head about.
7. Stephen McGee
There was a time when McGee was talked about alongside Colt McCoy. Obviously, he didn’t have quite that career. McGee still ranks seventh in career passing yards for the Aggies even though he missed part of his senior season with a shoulder injury. McGee had a brief NFL career, appearing in three games for the Dallas Cowboys.
6. Reggie McNeal
Reggie McNeal‘s first game alone could have earned him a spot on this list. As a freshman, McNeal came off the bench against No. 1 Oklahoma. The quarterback threw for four touchdowns in a 30-26 upset victory. McNeal was a dual-threat quarterback, which led to him being drafted as a wide receiver, though his NFL career was brief. He finished his Aggie career with 44 touchdowns and 6,992 passing yards.
5. Kyle Allen
After a tremendous high school career, Allen was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback in the country. He chose to go play down in College Station. The competition was stiff, as Allen was at Texas A&M with Kenny Hill and Kyler Murray. Eventually, all three quarterbacks would move on, with Allen going to Houston. With the Aggies, though, Allen was an efficient quarterback who maybe didn’t quite live up to his recruiting ranking but was still quite good at the NCAA level.
4. Kevin Murray
Speaking of Kyler, Kevin Murray is his father. Murray boasted an impressive freshman year, followed by a sophomore year lost to a severe ankle injury. Fortunately, he returned to lead the Aggies to big wins over Arkansas, Texas and SMU before a Cotton Bowl win over Bo Jackson and Auburn.
Murray was named a second-team All-American and was named Offensive Player of the Year by a few publications. When his college career was over, he had thrown more touchdowns than any SWC passer. However, his ankle injuries effectively kept him from having a pro career.
3. Kellen Mond
Mond was Jimbo Fisher’s first starting quarterback at Texas A&M, and as of this writing, his only quarterback. He started basically every game for four seasons, including that iconic 74-72 seven-overtime win over LSU.
Mond is one of three quarterbacks with over 9,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in SEC history. His 9,661 career passing yards are the most in program history. Mond was a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
2. Ryan Tannehill
Here’s how athletic Tannehill is: when he lost the starting QB job to Jerod Johnson, he played wide receiver and had 55 catches for 844 yards and five touchdowns. He would get to start eventually, though, and in his final season he threw for 3,744 yards and 29 touchdowns. Tannehill was a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, but injuries kept him from finding his footing.
He moved on to the Tennessee Titans, where he grabbed the starting job and was named the 2019 Comeback Player of the Year. Tannehill is now considered one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, and he’s had the best NFL career of any Texas A&M quarterback.
1. Johnny Manziel
Who else could it be but Johnny Football? It can’t be overstated how exciting Manziel was at Texas A&M. He was basically a running back at the quarterback position, racking up 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground on top of his passing prowess as a redshirt freshman. We all remember his fantastic performance in an upset of top-ranked Alabama that year. Manziel became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman trophy and in two seasons amassed a total of 9,989 yards and 93 touchdowns.
Manziel did not have a promising NFL career. He also had many problems in his personal life, culminating in him announcing he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It’s not how we expected the Johnny Football story to end, but we always have a Heisman Trophy and that game against the Crimson Tide.