Texas A&M beat writer: ‘Looking like’ Nick Starkel will start for the Aggies
Texas A&M entered fall camp with one of the tightest and most interesting quarterback competitions in the entire country, and with a little less than a month before the Aggies open with UCLA, there might be some resolution on the horizon.
The Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman went on the Paul Finebaum show Monday and said he believes redshirt freshman Nick Starkel is starting to pull away from Jake Hubenak and Kellen Mond.
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“It’s looking like it’s going to be Nick Starkel,” Zwerneman said. “Starkel looks like he’s out in front of those other guys, maybe even by a good margin.”
Starkel, a former Oklahoma State commit, has yet to take a college snap. But he’s been in the program since the spring of 2016 and knows the ropes of the Aggie offense.
Experience is Hubenak’s advantage in this competition. He came in as the favorite after playing six games for an injured Trevor Knight last season.
“You know what you’re getting with Jake Hubenak,” Zwerneman said. “If you trotted him out there against UCLA on a Sunday night on Sept. 3 on national TV, you know he’s taken a college snap. He’s been there before.”
Still, it sounds like Starkel has a firm advantage in the competition with only a few weeks to go until the season.
“Just watching him in practice, he throws a really pretty ball,” Zwerneman added. “Right now, it looks like it’s going to be Starkel.”