3. Nick Starkel
From Starkel, look for more improvement in his decision-making and his athleticism. In previous years the Aggies have had a relatively mobile QB at all times. Starkel isn’t known for his 40 yard dash time or jump cuts. When he gets outside the pocket, look for Nick to move a little quicker than in the past. Hopefully, with Jimbo’s offense, he won’t have to rely on his legs all the time. Of course, he’ll have to scramble around at some point and extend plays, but it won’t be how he makes his living.
Not only are we looking for his speed to increase, his decision-making needs to improve as well. Starkel has been known to have a few too many hiccups and make some silly throws, resulting in interceptions. We saw one of these instances in the Spring Game, but hopefully, the issue has been addressed.
As stated earlier, Mond will start this week’s game. Some may claim that he’s now the official starter for the rest of the season. I say, hold your horses.
There’s a possibility that his game is just a final test for Mond to see if he’s really ready to be QB1. There’s also a chance that he’s going to play more so Starkel does not get injured or to hide plays and schemes from next Saturday’s battle: the number two ranked Clemson Tigers. Or perhaps, Jimbo has a script of plays he wants to run and Mond’s plays just happen to come first.
Whatever the logic behind the decision, let’s hope both young men come out and show that they’ve improved and that both can lead this team to a successful season.