Texas A&M begins spring football drills Saturday under first-year coach Kevin Sumlin, with the quarterback job expected to feature a four-player battle to replace departed starter Ryan Tannehill.
None of the four candidates to replace Tannehill, a projected first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, have much playing experience at the college level. The list of candidates includes Jameill Showers, last year’s backup and one of three dual-threat quarterbacks in the mix. The other two are Johnny Manziel and Matt Davis, a 2012 signee who enrolled in January.
The fourth candidate is Matt Joeckel, a sophomore from Arlington High School who is more of a dropback passer.
A&M is coming off a 7-6 season and will compete in the Southeastern Conference next fall. The Aggies cap spring drills with an April 28 spring game in Kyle Field.
_ Jimmy Burch