Just a year ago, Jameill Showers seemed entrenched as the favorite to lead Texas A&M into its first season as a member of the Southeastern Conference.
Yet, less than 12 months later, after an incredible Heisman-winning campaign by redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel, the former Shoemaker standout with a rocket arm has decided to transfer to another program.
“Yeah, it’s true,” Showers texted the Daily Herald on Monday.
A redshirt sophomore entering this past season, Showers was the leading candidate to replace current Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill under center for the Aggies.
But after Showers came out of spring practices as the unofficial leader, first-year A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin switched gears and went with Manziel as the Aggies’ starting quarterback two weeks before the first game, forcing Showers to spend his second straight year as the backup.
One 11-win season later, in which Manziel splashed onto the national stage as a dual-threat playmaker and became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Showers seemed destined to ride the pine as the backup.
Although Showers said there was still a lot of paperwork to be completed before the transfer is official, Texas A&M has reportedly granted his release, freeing him to look at other programs, according to Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com, who broke the news on Twitter.
Liucci indicated Showers, who would have two years of college eligibility remaining, could draw interest from Baylor, Texas Tech, Cal and Arizona State.
Several current and former members of the Aggies family wished Showers luck via Twitter, including former A&M athletic director Bill Byrne and first-year graduate assistant Byron Thomas, who wrote: “Wishing Jameill the very best ... He is going to be a big time player for whatever program he choose! Gig’em Jameill.”
Showers, who enrolled at A&M a semester early, is reportedly on pace to earn his undergraduate degree this summer and could then transfer to any other FBS program without having to sit out the required year for transfers between Division I programs.
In two years as the Aggies’ backup quarterback, Showers has only seen time in mop-up action, completing 31 for 49 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns.
Showers last started Nov. 15, 2008, as a high school junior, after missing his entire senior season at Shoemaker with a broken collarbone he suffered during a preseason scrimmage in 2009.
Showers is the second former area player to transfer from Texas A&M since Sumlin took over, joining ex-Copperas Cove running back Will Randolph, who transferred to Sam Houston State in August.