Texas A&M hasn’t been quite the same since Johnny Manziel left. They haven’t won at the same rate and top-flight recruits are jumping ship, including quarterback Kyle Allen, who blamed the disarray in Aggieland and his transfer on the former Heisman Trophy winner.
“I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny’s era there — the way that they let Johnny and (others) act there,” Allen, who recently transferred to Houston, told CBS Sports. “They (could) do that and still win games because they had Johnny … and five offensive linemen playing in the NFL right now…
“A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'”
Allen, the top-rated QB in the country when he signed with Texas A&M in 2014, said the program simply doesn’t have the same type of players that can win games without being disciplined.
“When you don’t have players like Johnny and (others) there anymore, you have to really come together as a team and scrap for wins,” Allen said. “For you to win in the SEC — especially the SEC West — 10 games a year and be a controlling powerhouse in that conference, you can’t have a bunch of people going different ways.”
Kyler Murray, another prized QB recruit landed by the Aggies, also transferred (Oklahoma) after the 2015 season, leaving Texas A&M with a giant question mark under center for coach Kevin Sumlin.
Manziel was unable to bring that type of magic from Texas A&M to the Cleveland, as he’s currently dealing with domestic violence allegations and his impending departure from the Browns.