If you didn't hear by now, Aggie quarterback Andrew Manley will transfer from the football program following NMSU's 2013 spring practices.
The initial reaction was one of surprise. Manley had played well this spring, and was a veteran player entering his junior year.
But upon further review, Manley's departure shouldn't have come completely out of left field.
Even while having a good spring, he was No. 3 on the depth chart behind Travuaghn Colwell and Andrew McDonald. The reality is that it didn't have as much to do with Manley's performance as much as it had to do with the system being implemented by first-year head coach Doug Martin and first-year offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon: A spread-option attack, that relied on the quarterback to create with his legs as much as with his arm.
No, Manley is not a runner, but a drop-back pocket passer who could possibly flourish in certain offenses (preferably, those with a strong offensive line to protect him) but was not an ideal fit with what the Aggies want to do this upcoming season.
Entering his junior year, Manley finds himself in a tough spot from a timing standpoint: An FBS player who would have to most likely sit out a season if he transferred to another FBS school, or one who could take the field right away if he chose to play at an FCS program.
No matter what happens, we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
As for the Aggie quarterback position, we still believe it's pretty well set. The entire unit — Colwell, McDonald, Manley and King Davis III — looked good this spring, and should play well enough in 2013. The scheme will be better and the group should have a better plan in place as well. Ironically, it's one position on the roster that was relatively deep, all things considered.
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