Nick Starkel was a member of the 2016 recruiting class. The coaching staff had to be somewhat worried about the future with two quarterbacks gone and with a little more than two weeks until national signing day, the Aggies did not have a quarterback commit. Starkel would commit late in January and sign is letter of intent on National Signing Day.
Starkel redshirted in 2016 and set his sights on the starting job in 2017. The 2017 recruiting class brought two new quarterbacks into the fold, Kellen Mond and Connor Blumrick.
Entering fall camp, the two newbies along with Hubenak, now a senior, and redshirt freshman Starkel would battle for the job. Starkel won it and took this team to Los Angeles to play UCLA. His injury and the messy situation the Aggies find themselves in today is part of a trend of issues at the quarterback position. Mond looks to be entrenched as the starter moving forward, but Sumlin has yet to officially name anyone the lead man.
The Aggie program has seen a bunch of ups and downs since the departure of Mike Sherman and Ryan Tannehill. Since Kevin Sumlin has taken over, his staff has signed nine quarterbacks plus one graduate transfer. Texas A&M football is not be the model program when it comes to how it handles its quarterbacks.
Still uncertain? Here’s a quick recap: Manziel – NFL, Showers – Transfer, Joeckel – Transfer, Davis – Transfer, Stewart – Baseball, Hill – Transfer, Allen – Transfer, Murray – Transfer. Add in one year of Trevor Knight and you have a total lack of any sort of consistency.
Is the quarterback concern ever going to be solved? It doesn’t look like it to me.