8. Clarity at the quarterback position
Nick Starkel was named the Aggies’ starting quarterback entering the first game of the year against UCLA. His tenure was extremely brief. He exited midway through the UCLA game with a lower leg injury and was replaced by Kellen Mond who led the team for the next seven weeks.
It wasn’t until the Mississippi State game that Starkel saw the field again. He played just a few snaps, but one of those snaps was a long touchdown connection to Camron Buckley. He took over as the starter soon after and led the Aggies to wins over New Mexico and Ole Miss before falling to LSU in the regular season finale.
Mond completed 51.5 percent of his passes for 1,375 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions.
Starkel completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,294 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Jimbo Fisher has had success with mobile quarterbacks and with pocket passers. He’ll have his pick entering the 2018 season. More than anything Aggies just want an answer. Kevin Sumlin did not have an answer at quarterback following Johnny Manziel‘s departure. Mond and Starkel each have their pros and cons, but the team as whole will be better off if Fisher just picks one and sticks with him.