Talk of the Texas A&M quarterback battle is heating up and spring practices are just 10 days away. In a three horse race, it appears to be a toss-up between senior Matt Joeckel, sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen.

Each player will be vying for a chance to replace Johnny Manziel, who left A&M as the most electrifying college football player of his time.

Replacing Manziel is the reason why CBS Sports columnist Bruce Feldman recently called Texas A&M’s quarterback battle the most interesting in college football entering the 2014 season.

“Texas A&M just lost a program-changer in Johnny Manziel so I’ll start there,” Feldman answered when asked in his mailbag about his most interesting quarterback battle.

Feldman notes that the loss of Manziel isn’t the only big departure as Jake Matthews, Mike Evans and Travis Labhart are all on their way out. But with offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi likely switching to left tackle, Ricky Seals-Jones back and the exciting Speedy Noil all ready to go the Aggies have options.

“OC Jake Spavital has three intriguing options to replace Manziel: He has former blue-chip recruit Kenny Hill, who is sharp, throws a good ball and has enough speed to keep defenses honest in the run game,” Feldman writes. “Hill also ran a version of this offense in high school. He’s ready.

“They also have former five-star QB recruit Kyle Allen already on campus. He’s a terrific passer, really accurate and polished. The wildcard is fifth-year senior Matt Joeckel who has some starting experience. He has the least mobility but the most experience and also has a good arm. Joeckel opted to return to A&M for another season while he gets ready for law school and he’s definitely a factor in this battle.”

Losing a player like Manziel hurts, but at A&M there are three very reasonable options to replace him. Seeing how coach Kevin Sumlin allows this process to play out will be interesting. He didn’t hint at a starter when he first got to A&M until late in fall practices and the rest was history with Manziel.