Dak Prescott and Kellen Mond are so similar it is scary. Both are highly athletic quarterbacks with big play capabilities. Take a look at Dak’s Wild Card performance against Seattle this past Saturday and go watch the seven-overtime marathon that Mond played against LSU. Both of these games are displays of each quarterbacks’ ability to drop spectators’ jaws.
Even though both of these guys can pull a rabbit out of a hat when they need to, there are too many times when it’s the simple plays that give them fits.
There were instances this season that Mond would have a check down wide open and completely miss or even throw behind a receiver every now and then. Sure, he was learning a new system, but an open receiver is an open receiver.
Some of Mond’s misses were unacceptable and can not happen more than once or twice a season. Dak has the same issues. Short throws, especially across the middle, were not always “gimmes” for No. 4 this season. At least twice a game Dak seemed to just flat out miss someone who was open.
These mishaps and missed opportunities create another similarity between the two. There has been talk or at least concern of their futures. Going into the season, I was on Team Nick Starkel more than most people were. He took over the 2017 bowl game and Kevin Sumlin may still be the Aggie head coach if Starkel would have made it through the UCLA devastation.
However, No. 11 stepped up and proved me wrong for the most part. Even though Mond showed us his abilities against the likes of No. 2 Clemson and No. 8 LSU, like Dak, he still manages to want fans to scream from frustration. These moments introduce us to my least favorite characters possibly ever, (besides the Devil… hate that guy), Mond the Lesser and Dak the Depressor.
Can you really be too patient?
Every now and then these two guys show up and it drives Aggie and Cowboys fans up a wall. Being both an Aggie fan and a Dallas fan, when both Mond the Lesser and Dak the Depressor show up in the same weekend, my blood pressure goes on quite the ride.
One thing that both guys do that contributes to their inferior alter-egos is that they tend to hold on the ball for far too long. This was my biggest critique of Mond this season. He’s come a long way from 2017 and it is obvious he is trying to become a better pocket passer.
However, he tried too hard sometimes. You do not always have time to go through every single read and then back again. Some plays require you to scan through read one and two and then go make something happen. Mond has simply gone from one extreme to the other.
In all honesty, I’m okay with it. I trust Jimbo and if Mond improves even half as much in 2019 as he did in 2018, this issue will be gone almost completely. Dak is going through the same process on a smaller scale and his previous two showings show that this is an issue he is moving past.
One last comparison: both are better and more natural runners than they are passers. Take a look at the 2018 Gator Bowl and Arkansas from 2017 to see Mond’s ability to out-stride the defense in open space. Dak showcased his ability to scoot his last two games as well. It is because that they are so comfortable on the move that they throw better from outside the pocket.