Sophomores Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel figure to battle this spring and into the fall for the starting quarterback job at Texas A&M. In 2017, Mond started eight games, appearing in 10, throwing for 1,375 yards while rushing for 340 more. Starkel started four games after suffering an injury in the team’s opener.
Both figure to benefit greatly from the Aggies’ new head coach Jimbo Fisher. Fisher is a renowned quarterback guru having coached his last three QBs at FSU – Jameis Winston, Christian Ponder, E.J. Manuel – into the first round of the NFL Draft. He also tutored JaMarcus Russell at LSU who would be selected first overall in 2007.
Both players have been impressed with the level of instruction they’ve already received from Fisher.
“It’s been insane how much I’ve learned from him,” Mond told the media after practice Wednesday. “(Fisher has been) Breaking down one play so much more than what I’ve seen before. Usually, it’s just – “go here, two high, go here, one high” – but really it’s based on where the running back is, the leverage of a defense. It’s really breaking it down a lot more than we’ve ever seen.”
Mond was describing what he’s been told in the past about where to look to throw or run when facing various defensive alignments with either two safeties or one safety in the opposing secondary.
“It’s going great – I love Coach Fisher,” Starkel said. “He’s bringing a whole new intensity here. A whole new mindset.
“’TED-P’ is his type of thing: toughness, effort, discipline, pride. He’s really trying to instill that in this program and we’re responding well to it.”
The instruction extends off the field and into the meeting room.
“Him and (offensive coordinator Darrell) Dickey are running our meetings,” Starkel said. “It’s not your typical head coach where your head coach isn’t really in position meetings. He’s up there running our position meetings. He’s running the clicker – fast forward, rewind – pointing this out, pointing this out. It’s a lot different, but it makes it so much more personal. It makes me really want to play for him. It makes you really want to compete for him.”
The Aggies Maroon and White spring game will be held April 14th with the event televised by the SEC Network.
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