Texas A&M quarterback Jameill Showers has been granted his release from Texas A&M, and could transfer to Baylor, Texas Tech, Cal or Arizona State reports The Dallas Morning News.
Showers backed up Ryan Tannehill in 2011 after redshirting the 2010 campaign. The Killeen, Texas native looked like the presumptive replacement for 2012 much of the summer — particularly after freshman Johnny Manziel was arrested in June.
But a week before the Aggies’ scheduled season opener, offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury called Manziel into his office for a meeting; later that day, head coach Kevin Sumlin announced Manziel as the starter.
The rest is (Heisman) history.
Showers has two seasons of eligibility to offer his chosen transfer destination. In-state programs Baylor and Texas Tech both lost their 2012 starting quarterbacks — Nick Florence and Seth Doege — to graduation.
Showers also has an existing relationship with the aforementioned Kingsbury. His installation of similar offensive tactics at Tech would make for a smooth transition for Showers.
But potential Pac-12 suitor Cal offers a similar option. New Golden Bear head coach Sonny Dykes came from the same Mike Leach tree that helped produce Kingsbury. Dykes’ Louisiana Tech team was the nation’s highest scoring in 2012, and quarterback Colby Cameron flourished.