Texas A&M Football: Nicholls State preview, players to watch & predictions

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Texas A&M players to watch

QB: Kellen Mond

Kellen Mond is a true freshman out of San Antonio, Texas. He started his high school career at Reagan High School before transferring to high school powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida. Mond set the IMG Academy season record with a total of 38 passing and rushing touchdowns in his senior year. He threw for 1,936 yards, adding another 775 yards on the ground. While at Reagan High School, Mond earned Offensive MVP in District 26-6A his junior year. He threw for 1,991 yards accounting for 26 touchdowns and rushing for nearly 900 more yards.

Last week versus UCLA, Mond came into the game for Nick Starkel during the second quarter. Mond went on to finish off the game after Starkel suffered an injury near the end of the first half. Mond threw 17 passes completing three of them for just 27 yards. He did have 15 rushes for 54 yards including a long of 16 yards. Mond is looking to get more comfortable playing quarterback at this level and passing the ball in the game against Nicholls State.

RB: Trayveon Williams, RB: Keith Ford

Trayveon Williams is a sophomore out of Houston, Texas who led the Aggies last year in rushing. He became the first true freshman to surpass the 1,000-yard marker at Texas A&M. Williams ran for a total of 1,057 yards with eight touchdowns in his freshman year finishing sixth in the SEC for yards per carry with 6.8. He also caught 19 passes for 91 yards. In the game against Tennessee he became the Aggies first true freshman to rush for 200 yards or more in a single game.

Keith Ford started his college career at Oklahoma, but decided to transfer to Texas A&M as did his quarterback Trevor Knight. In his junior year (2016) he had 669 rushing yards on 113 carries, scoring six touchdowns. He made an appearance in all of Texas A&M’s 13 games, including nine starts. Ford had a season-high of 100 yards on 15 carries against the LSU Tigers.

Williams and Ford got the bulk of the carries last week against UCLA. Williams had 22 carries for 203 yards breaking off one 72-yard long run and two touchdowns. Ford had 18 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns with a long of 20 yards. Both running backs are looking to pick up where they left off against UCLA. They are hoping to add-on more yards and touchdowns against Nicholls State.

DB: Myles Jones

Myles Jones is another true freshman. Jones is from Magnolia, Texas where he went to Magnolia West High School. He was an honorable mention Class 5-A all-state selection by the Associated Press. Jones also made 29 tackles with three interceptions including two blocked field goals and two blocked punts in his season year if high school.

In his first ever start in college, Jones played extremely well against the UCLA Bruins. He had three tackles; all of them being solo tackles including one tackle for a loss. Jones also recovered a fumble. Jones will be playing in place of Donovan Wilson who broke his foot against UCLA and had to have surgery. Myles Jones is looking to improve on these stats on Saturday against Nicholls State.