Texas A&M Football: 5 takeaways from the first half

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The Quarterback position is sort of settled

Starting the season the public had no idea who the starting quarterback would be. After watching the spring game again, I think we all had a feeling the job would be Nick Starkel’s, but fall camp would ultimately decide that. Even during the week leading up to the UCLA game we did not know who it would be.

Starkel would get the nod and with Kellen Mond’s help the Aggies took a 38-10 lead into the locker room. We all felt that the Aggies had something good going on with the quarterback position, but that would be short-lived. Starkel went down with a serious leg injury in the third quarter.

The injury handed the keys to a true freshman and with Nicholls and Louisiana up next. This would give Mond and the offensive staff two weeks to work out the kinks. After three possessions against Nicholls, the Aggies were up 14 and I was feeling really good. That feeling went away quickly as the offense only scored three touchdowns over the next five quarters.

The staff would insert Jake Hubenak in the second half of the Nicholls game, but wide speculation was that he got hurt and we haven’t seen him since. Mond was back for Louisiana and had his best day statistically, but the offense did not get going till the second half.

With Nick Starkel officially listed as the back up, and a tough schedule coming up, what will happen with playing time? Will we see Starkel? What happens during bowl practice and eventually what will happen in the spring? We were all loving us some Nick Starkel and now we’re loving us some Kellen Mond.  I hope the staff has learned from previous issues with this position. We’ve seen several great quarterbacks leave for many reasons. Hopefully this time will be different.

I’m of the position you do not lose your position because of injury, but Starkel only played two quarters if you take away the snaps Mond had against UCLA. Mond has played very well and without him the Aggies do not sit 5-2. How the staff handles this situation will be interesting to watch? My only wish is they both STAY!

Besides the quarterback question, there’s another group on the offense that has real issues.