The old adage, "when it rains it pours," couldn't be more true for No. 8 Texas A&M. Three days after having its College Football Playoff hopes dashed at Mississippi State, the Aggies announced they will be without starting quarterback Trevor Knight for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury sustained against the Bulldogs.
"Obviously Trevor left the game on Saturday, and injured his shoulder. He is done for the season, " Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We will be able to at best get him back for the bowl game."
While the Aggies wouldn't rule Knight out for the bowl game, it's a crushing blow to a team still looking to make a run at a New Year's Six bowl. Knight accounted for 23 touchdowns in 9 games as the A&M starter, and his dual threat abilities will be sorely missed the rest of the way.
Stepping in to replace knight will be Jake Hubenak, who filled in admirably against Mississippi State when Knight went down. Beyond that, Sumlin said they plan to get true freshman Nick Starkel ready to play if they need him to, but its Hubenak's team the rest of the way.
"He's just going to be coach knight out there for a few days and get out there and help Jake and Nick and Conner and those guys, " Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. He's been an awesome guy. He's just got the personality and all those things. So you lose what he brings to you as an athlete on the field, but we want to keep him involved so we don't lose some of the other things that he brings to our football team."
"Having Jake back there, he's more of a pocket passer guy but he can still use his legs," sophomore receiver Christian Kirk said. "You saw him on Saturday. We just have to work around his strengths and get in this week and get that chemistry going and get the timing down for the plays we're going to run this week."
Knight wasn't the only Aggie ruled out for the season on Tuesday. Sumlin announced that offensive lineman Connor Lanfear is done and will have surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee. Defensive back Noel ellis is also out for the season after tearing an upper leg muscle. Ellis had surgery last week.
The 8th-ranked Aggies will host Ole Miss on Saturday at 6:30 pm at Kyle Field.