Picking up the offense
Transitioning from Kevin Sumlin’s air raid offense to Jimbo Fisher’s more pro-style offense will be a key component to the Aggies’ success in 2018. It’s not easy for some players who have been playing in an offense to just pick everything up right away. It takes time. There could be a learning curve.
This is especially true for the two quarterbacks hoping to earn the starting job. Talent wise, these two have it. Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel each showed flashes of their ability while just about splitting the reps in 2017. It could end up being the guy that picks up the offense the quickest that wins the job.
It won’t be just the quarterbacks who need to adjust. The offensive line will be taught new schemes as well, and they could potentially be even more important than the quarterback. This unit struggled in 2017 and it was much of the reason the entire offense took a step back last year.
Learning the zone-blocking scheme could be beneficial in the long run, but they will find out quick how much they learned with Clemson and Alabama in the first four weeks of the season.