Jimbo Fisher has a lot of pressure on him to deliver wins for Texas A&M. That’s what happens when you sign a 10-year, $75 million contract to be the man in charge.
In order to give his team the best chance to compete on Saturdays in the SEC, Fisher has to find the right guy to be the Aggies’ quarterback this season. The spring allows the perfect opportunity to make headway in a decision of that magnitude.
Now that spring practice has come and gone, the coaching staff should have a good idea about each quarterback (Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond) and how they are progressing.
Fisher joined Gabe Bock with TexAgs Radio on Monday to discuss where things stand with the team. In that discussion, the head coach gave his opinion on how both of his quarterbacks performed in the spring game.
"Both Kellen and Nick had different spring games. Nick played well and had one critical mistake, but he didn't panic and made drives late in the game. Kellen didn't panic when his team didn't start strong, showed patience and took advantage of his opportunities." – Jimbo Fisher
— TexAgs Radio (@TexAgsRadio) May 7, 2018
The critical mistake from Starkel that Fisher is referring to was his lone interception. During the second quarter, Starkel attempted to get a ball to tight end Jace Sternberger.
The problem was the defense had triple coverage, which made the attempt an ill-advised throw. Cornerback Roney Elam picked it off and returned it to the five-yard line, setting up the White team for an easy score.
Starkel still had an impressive performance, however. He finished with 373 yards and two touchdowns while completing 61.9-percent of his attempts. This 22-yard completion to wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon was probably his best throw of the day:
#12thMan So. QB #17 Nick Starkel 6-3/218➡So. WR #2 Jhamon Ausbon 6-2/220 – Fantastic throw by Starkel – displaying GD Mental Processing & Touch. Ausbon displays SD-to-GD Dexterity & Body Ctrl w/the hands catch – Ext away from his body & Backstopping the ball w/the Upfield hand. pic.twitter.com/Rp4vnjwKtj
— Matt Caraccio (@Matty_S2S) May 5, 2018
Mond, on the other hand, was steady. Like Fisher mentioned, the offense started slow, but Mond stayed calm. He finished the day 19-of-26 (73.1-percent) for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Here’s one of those touchdowns that went to wide receiver Kendrick Rogers:
Kellen Mond to Kendrick Rodgers on the 4-yard TD pass. White Team up 30-24 with 0:39. PAT was blocked. pic.twitter.com/YH6Qc59G0X
— Alex Miller (@AlexMill20) April 14, 2018
The other important aspect of Mond’s performance was the absence of any turnovers. That was the difference in helping the White Team get a 30-24 victory.
This quarterback competition is far from over. Fisher obviously likes what both players would bring to the offense, so be sure to monitor the situation as we continue through the offseason. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this go late into fall camp.