Texas A&M Football: Regular season final report card and position grades

Nick Starkel, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Going into the start of the season, there was another quarterback battle in College Station. Nick Starkel would win the job. Unfortunately, he got hurt in the UCLA game and we would not see him again for several weeks.

That gave the job to freshman Kellen Mond and he played well, but all who watched could see he was limited in the passing game. With all that, he helped lead the team to wins over Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida.

Although the Aggies were winning, I called for a quarterback change back to Nick Starkel when he was healthy. The change happened but it was too late to save the season or Sumlin’s job.

As I scan the final stats for both players, one stat jumps off the page. They combined for 11 interceptions. Another stat that causes concern for the third year in a row was that the quarterbacks completed less than 60 percent of their passes.

In 2015, that number was 56 percent. In 2016, that number was 54 percent and this year it was again 54 percent. This is quite alarming especially in 2017 when the rush offense only could produce four yards per carry. I’ll breakdown the rest of the offense in a bit, but looking at the ups and downs at the quarterback position the grade will not improve from the mid-season.

The final line on Nick Starkel was 1,294 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. His yards per attempt was a very respectable 9.1 and had a passer rating of 149.

Kellen Mond finished the year with 1,375 passing yards with 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. HIs yards per attempt was 6.1 with a passer rating of 108. He would rush for 340 yards which ranked third on the team.

Based on these stats and the inability for the team to move the ball throughout the season caused the grade to drop. What will be exciting to see is the progression both of these guys make this offseason. The one drawback is they will have to learn a new offense.