Kyle Allen leaving UH, entering NFL Draft early

It's been a winding road from No. 1 QB prospect to NFL Draft entry.

When Kyle Allen signed with Texas A&M in 2014 as the nation’s No. 1 quarterback, throwing his name in the 2018 NFL Draft could have been the expectation.

But after a winding career with just 17 starts in three seasons, 37 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions, Thursday’s news came as a surprise.

“To Texas A&M University and the University of Houston, thank you for giving an out of state kid with desire and love for the game a chance to play. I’m grateful for all the lessons and experience at both of these amazing places,” Allen, an Arizona native, wrote in his announcement.

Allen transferred from Texas A&M in December 2016 after starting 14 games in two seasons, later citing a frustrating culture under Kevin Sumlin as a reason for his exit.

“I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny’s era there – the way that they let Johnny and [others] act there,” Allen said. “They [could] do that and still win games because they had Johnny…and five offensive linemen playing in the NFL right now.

“A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'”

After transferring to Houston, he fulfilled the NCAA’s transfer requirement and sat out the 2016 season, expressing an appreciation for the chance to sit and watch Greg Ward, rather than being pushed into action immediately like he was in College Station.

Allen beat out Kyle Postma and D’Eriq King to win the starting job in Major Applewhite’s debut as head coach but was benched in the Cougars third game. He threw a pair of interceptions in the loss to Texas Tech and handed the reins to Postma in the fourth quarter. Allen threw just one pass the rest of the season as King and Postma battled for the starting job for the season’s remainder.

With Postma out of eligibility and Allen leaving early, the Cougars have just one quarterback on the roster with any experience. Converse Judson’s Julon Williams signed with UH during the early signing period last month, but after Allen’s exit, the path looks clear for King to seize control of the position in Year 2 under Applewhite.

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