Major Applewhite inherits plenty of talent in his first year as a head coach, and one position he needs to settle is quarterback. While the competition appears to be a two man race, it may as well be wide open with the rumors swirling around campus. In the battle of the Kyle’s, Postma and Allen should be facing off during spring practice, and the anticipated winner may not be on campus come fall.
Kyle Postma has been known as Greg Ward Jr’s backup, and was a great second option when Ward got hurt. In his two years of experience, Postma has completed 63% of his passes for 663 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He may not be as quick as Ward, but he still rushed for 330 yards and five scores in the past two years. Postma has good size for a quarterback, and his experience will be valuable when heading into the competition. An end of season injury to his non-throwing arm should be healed, and shouldn't be a cause for concern.
Kyle Allen’s journey has been well documented, and landing at Houston was just another addition to the Cougar hype heading into last season. Now, he has a chance to show why he is expected to win the job. A former five star recruit, Allen has all of the tools to easily win this competition, and a steady environment should help his development. While at Texas A&M, he completed 58% of his passes against SEC competition. He totaled 33 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions and added three rushing touchdowns as well. Competition will drive Allen to get better, and he can move on from the drama that led to his exit from Texas A&M. The biggest question surrounding him: will he be around when fall practice starts?
There are rumors that Allen is on his way out, and will follow Tom Herman to Texas. If true, the job would be Postma’s with little competition. Only one other option figures to be in the running, and that’s D’Eriq King. King was utilized as a slot receiver last season by running jet sweeps, swing passes, and running routes. Regardless of if Allen transfers, King could be a wrinkle that is added to the offense with his speed. Whoever wins has plenty of talent surrounding them, so there shouldn’t be too much pressure on the winner.
With plenty of options at the position, Applewhite only needs to know who is going to be around when the season starts. Houston fans should be excited regardless of who is on campus when fall practice begins. If Allen does decide to stay, he is the presumed winner, but the competition will still be intriguing to watch.