|Jameill Showers could be a hot transfer property. (US Presswire)|
Of the thousand amazing things about the Johnny Manziel story, maybe the most amazing is this: If you go back to this time last year -- or immediately after last year's spring practice, or even late summer -- not only was Johnny Manziel off the Heisman radar, off the preseason All-SEC radar, off any national radar that wasn't the "shirtless mugshot" radar, he was barely even on the Texas A&M starting quarterback radar.
After offering flashes of talent in his 2011 redshirt freshman season and enjoying what by all accounts was a productive offseason, sophomore Jameill Showers was supposed to be the Aggies' quarterback of the future headed into the 2012 season. He was the dual-threat quarterback Kevin Sumlin's system was supposed to turn into a statistical god. Of course, Sumlin wound up picking Manziel instead in fall camp, and the rest is history.
So it's no surprise that now, per TexAgs reporter Billy Liucci, Showers' Aggies career is history, too:
Backup quarterback Jameill Showers confirmed to me this afternoon that he has been granted his release and will transfer from A&M— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) January 28, 2013
Showers leaves A&M with a career 63.3 completion percentage, 359 yards passing at 7.3 an attempt, 72 yards rushing, and three total touchdowns. He played sparingly in 2011 behind future first-round choice Ryan Tannehill, but saw more extended action behind Manziel in A&M's multiple 2012 blowouts, with his best outing an 8-for-8, 59-yard, one-TD performance against Auburn.
That Showers entered 2012 with a "potential star" reputation (and came as close as he did to beating out the eventual Heisman winner for his job) should mean no shortage of suitors for the Killeen, Texas, product. Liucci reported Baylor, Texas Tech, Cal and Arizona State could be among the schools where Showers might land.
As for A&M, there's no question that a potential injury to Manziel now looms as an even bigger blow than it would have before, but no one in College Station will begrudge Showers his leaving a situation where the starter's job was so clearly out of reach.
From graduate assistant coach Byron Thomas:
Wishing Jameill the very best... He is going to be a big time player for whatever program he choose! Gig'em Jameill— COACH THOMAS (@CoachThomasTAMU) January 28, 2013
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