Texas A&M could start new quarterback against Louisiana-Monroe

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M might have a new starting quarterback when the Aggies host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Kenny Hill, who started the first eight games, could be benched in favor of freshman Kyle Allen after struggling with turnovers in a three-game skid.

“They’ve both gotten reps over the last week and will both continue to get reps,” coach Kevin Sumlin said.

“After what’s happened, there’s really nothing off the table at that point.”

What happened was an embarrassing 59-0 loss to Alabama to extend A&M’s skid to three games after a 5-0 start. The Aggies need a win on Saturday to avoid losing four games in a row for the first time since 2005.

Hill beat out Allen in fall camp and got off to a great start, throwing for a school-record 511 yards in the season opener and helping the Aggies to their perfect start. The sophomore’s 2,649 yards passing lead the Southeastern Conference and are sixth in the nation, but he has seven turnovers in the past three games combined.

Allen was one of the top quarterback prospects in the country after throwing for more than 8,000 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career at Desert Mountain high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has 264 yards passing and three touchdowns in four games this season.

Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry knows this will be a tough game for his team regardless of who starts at quarterback, and he also brushed off A&M’s recent trouble.

“We’ve got a huge challenge this week against a very good Texas A&M football team,” Berry said. “I think this is a team that’s a top-10 team. They had the unfortunate task of playing Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State in back to back weeks. I would challenge anybody in college football to play those three games in a row and see how they fare.”

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