Limited amount of attempts
We didn’t get to see Starkel really push the ball down the field or get to see any mobility and speed outside of the pocket. These are two things which the Aggies have thrived on for the past few years so there may be a change in culture in terms of quarterback playing style. Hopefully, they can adjust. There were times on the field when he looked kind of stale and flat. He also threw a few balls he probably shouldn’t have and tried to force it every now and then.
I have to defend him though. The play calling was one dimensional and not very quarterback friendly. Still, he should’ve completed a couple more passes than he did.
Let’s just hope Starkel isn’t hurt too bad. He left the game in the third quarter after hurting his lower body. He never returned and there wasn’t a whole lot said about it but hopefully, he’ll be back soon.
There were many positives to take away from Nick Starkel’s collegiate debut. He was confident and calm in the pocket, trusted his arm, which is more impressive than we thought, and went through his progressions like he’s coached to. Sure, you wished he could’ve been more dynamic and completed more throws but there were some things working against him (play calling etc.). I think this was a solid performance from a young talent who will learn and grow as the season progresses. It’s not the ideal situation, but it’s the hand that Texas A&M has been dealt. Will he make a speedy recovery and be who the Aggies need him to be? Let’s hope so for his sake and for the 12th Man’s.