4. Kellen Mond – Texas A&M
Before the season, either of Texas A&M’s quarterbacks would have barely cracked the top 10 of this list. Neither of them were consistently above average in 2017. However, Kellen Mond has taken the teachings of one Jimbo Fisher and completely transformed his game.
He won the starting job over Nick Starkel, who had previously won the job a season ago. Maybe that’s proof enough Kevin Sumlin just isn’t a good coach (or look at Khalil Tate’s remarkable regression so far this season). Mond put up good numbers against a weak FCS opponent in Week 1, but went off again last weekend against the No. 2 scoring defense in college football from 2017.
He finished with 430 yards and three touchdowns against Clemson and almost led a 15-point fourth quarter comeback but fell just short via a failed two-point conversion.
Mond sent a message to the rest of the conference. The comparison between this year and last is night and day. The Aggies have to be extremely happy to be getting excellent quarterback play. That plus their stellar defense will make them competitive in every game.