Growing pains – Nicholls State
The next week, Texas A&M played Nicholls State. The game was the worst effort I’d ever seen since the 2014 game against the Louisiana-Monroe. Mond was the obvious starter since the injury suffered by Nick Starkel ended up being season-ending. Hubenak, who was a no-show the previous week, played some, but was not terribly effective. It was announced later that he had been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury.
Mond started out really well with a touchdown pass to Christian Kirk and then promptly went into true freshman mode for basically the rest of the game. I’ll put it this way: A&M was actually in danger of losing to Nicholls State at times. Hubenak had to replace Mond in the fourth quarter to bail out a team that was about to go the route of Baylor and lose to an FCS team. Thanks to him and backup running back Kendall Bussey, Texas A&M didn’t pull a Baylor.
Long story short, Mond had that one touchdown pass but still didn’t look that great. He finished 12-of-21 passing for 105 yards and a touchdown. It was absolutely an improvement compared to the UCLA numbers, but still not great considering the quality of opponent.