This time last season, Texas A&M quarterback Jameill Showers was the front-runner to replace Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback for the Aggies in their first season in the SEC.
One year later, he's looking for a new team.
According to Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com, Showers will transfer from the Texas A&M football program in the hopes of finding more playing time elsewhere.
Backup quarterback Jameill Showers confirmed to me this afternoon that he has been granted his release and will transfer from A&M— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) January 28, 2013
Can you blame him?
Showers was blocked at A&M behind superstar quarterback Johnny Manziel. In case you missed it, Manziel became the first redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012 and set the SEC single-season total offense record (5,116 yards).
Showers wasn't a big-time prospect when he signed with Texas A&M out of Killeen, Texas in the class of 2013. He was a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite index, and the 475th-ranked prospect in the country.
But his ability to make big throws and make an impact on the ground made him the likely successor to Tannehill as the Aggies exited spring practice in 2012.
If he's good enough to push Manziel, and lead him for a significant period of time, he's good enough to start somewhere—especially a program that employs a similar offense to Texas A&M's.
Players want to find their way to the NFL, and if you're good enough the NFL will find you.
Just look at the two NFL quarterbacks still playing football this season. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick starred at Nevada, while Baltimore Ravens signal-caller Joe Flacco backed up Tyler Palko at Pitt before transferring to the University of Delaware.
At some point, players have to look out for themselves. While the possibility of possibly playing for a national championship at Texas A&M is a big draw, Showers is doing the right thing by moving on.