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Is Kyle Allen Worth the Preseason Hype?

Texas A&M’s Kyle Allen is projected to be one of the SEC’s top quarterbacks. The rising sophomore gave a glimpse of his potential after earning the Aggies’ starting job over Kenny Hill midway through the season.

Allen threw for 1,322 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 118-of-192 passing in nine appearances. Not bad for a true freshman.

The Scottsdale, Arizona native ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 10 overall prospect for the 2014 recruiting class. He began his college career sitting behind sudden phenom Kenny Hill, who’s meteoric rise only lasted until mid-October.

Allen made his first start on Nov. 1 against Louisiana-Monroe, after making three late-game appearances as a backup. He went 3-2 as a starter and had three games with multiple touchdown passes.

It also doesn’t hurt to have one of the SEC’s most talented wide receiver groups at your disposal. Texas A&M has several players capable of being a No. 1 option on most teams even after the departure of Malcolme Kennedy.

Like Allen, the Aggies wideouts were comprised of top-ranked prospects in the early stages of their college careers. Sophomore Josh Reynolds ranked fourth among SEC players in receiving yards (842) and second in touchdowns (13).

True Freshman Speedy Noil recorded 1,418 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns as both a receiver and return specialist. Redshirt freshman Ricky Seals-Jones added 465 yards and four touchdowns on 49 receptions.

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Speedy Noil will be an electrifying option for Kyle Allen in 2015.

Texas A&M should also field an improved offensive line in 2015. Despite being projected as one of the team’s strongest units, the Aggies struggled in the trenches with 8 tackles for loss and 26 sacks allowed.

But new offensive line coach Dave Christensen should provide a boost to a talented group of former blue chip prospects that — once again — enter with high expectations. The Aggies return several former starters including Germain Ifedi and Joseph Cheek among a group of former top-ranked prospects.

Allen has all the tools to enjoy a successful sophomore campaign. He has the natural talent to be an elite SEC quarterback and should emerge as a standout with the conference lacking starpower under center.

The SEC has four quarterbacks that are likely to be in a copy all their own. Dak Prescott is the proven star. Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs, Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson and Allen are rising stars who have gained hype from limited playing.

All three players are talented and have plenty of targets to emerge in a conference that has seen a decline in quarterback play. Allen should be among the conference’s top 4 quarterbacks by seasons end should he stay healthy.

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