With Trevor Knight moving on, Texas A&M quarterback position is open for the taking.
While he’s probably an underdog for the job, early enrollee Kellen Mond knows it’s open and he hopes to make the most of the opportunity.
“My goal is to start as a true freshman,” Mond told Chris Hummer of 247Sports. “That’s my mindset going in. I’m just really trying to work hard and be a great leader and push the other quarterbacks and players.”
Mond will likely look familiar to Aggies fans — he follows the mold of former Texas A&M quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Kyler Murray, who did see some action as a true freshman in 2015.
However, 247Sports director of scouting Barton Simmons had a different comparison for Mond — Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs. Mond carries a size to him at 6-foot-2.5, 210 pounds that Manziel and Murray both lacked, more reminiscent of Dobbs.
“If you’re familiar with the work of Josh Dobbs, that’s what you’ll recognize in Kellen Mond,” Simmons said. “He’s a physically impressive kid who has some intangibles about him and loads of athleticism. He’s not an overly accurate passer right now. That’s what’s going to take some time on the college level to perfect but his athleticism and toughness can cure some of those accuracy ills.”
The 4-star prospect has rising senior Jake Hubenak and redshirt freshman Nick Starkel as his primary competition. While those guys have the advantage of college experience and knowledge of the offense over Mond, he has his own unique experience against elite talent after transferring to the illustrious IMG Academy for his senior year and working with former NFL quarterback Rich Bartel, IMG’s quarterbacks’ coach.
“Playing against four and five-star guys was a big deal from me coming from San Antonio and going up against that kind of caliber of athlete,” Mond told Simmons. “Really being coached by some of the best coaches in the country, playing for a guy who was in the NFL was really good for me with his knowledge being so advanced.”