Yes, there was Johnny Manziel, who was a Mike Sherman recruit. Let’s see who came next. Kenny Hill, Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray, Jake Hubenak, Trevor Knight, Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond. That makes seven starting quarterbacks since the Johnny days.
Other than our beloved Heisman winner, who never won a national championship or beat LSU, that is a lot of instability at the most important position of the game. Oh, two of those guys, Allen and Murray, both transferred within a week of each other in December 2015. Both were 5-star recruits, and if we’re being honest, I think that little fiasco alone should have gotten Sumlin fired.
As of writing, there’s another thing that went wrong: Jarrett Stidham. Auburn just beat Alabama and won the SEC West. They’ve got a very real shot at going to the playoffs. And guess what? Kevin Sumlin passed on him. Twice. First time for Kyler Murray and the second time for Kellen Mond, who I’ve raved about previously. One of those guys transferred and the other got benched halfway through the season. Meanwhile, the missed target went on to far greater success, and just thinking about that is making my blood boil.