Texas A&M football: Position battles to watch in spring practices

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Backup quarterback

Kellen Mond is entrenched as the Aggies starting quarterback for however long he remains on the roster. He has one year until he can declare for the NFL Draft but unless he shows drastic improvement in his accuracy, it’s hard to see him as an NFL starting quarterback. Still, he’s a very good college quarterback and excellent leader.

However, with Nick Starkel transferring to Arkansas, it opens the door for one of the two guys Fisher actually recruited. James Foster is a 4-star quarterback from Alabama who was a late addition to the 2018 class, and Zach Calzada was identified as Fisher’s guy in the 2019 class and the Aggies fended off a late push from Georgia. Calzada enrolled early to get ahead, so watch for these two to battle it out.

Tight End

Replacing a consensus All American will never be easy, but Baylor Cupp might be the guy to do just that. He’s the top tight end and the No. 53 overall recruit in the 2019 class in the 247 Sports Composite. While he enrolled early, he’s still a true freshman who will have to earn his way into the starting lineup.

It’s easy to get excited about the kid. He could end up being 6-foot-7 and 260 lbs by the time the 2019 season starts. He will still need to learn the offense, however, and prove he’s a willing blocker for Fisher to fully trust him.