Texas A&M Football did not look great as a team in their week four loss to Auburn, but quarterback Kellen Mond showed some serious growth.
Heading into the week four matchup against Auburn, if there would be one thing to sum up the overall inconsistency of Texas A&M Football, it would be the play of quarterback Kellen Mond.
Mond threw an interception in each of the Aggies first three games, including games against teams such as Texas State and Lamar. The Aggies defense was able to lift them to a 2-1 start despite Mond’s struggles, which was a major area of concern heading into the Auburn game.
Miraculously, Mond looked very good against the Tigers, who shut down Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert in their week one win. Mond completed 31 of 49 passes for 335 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mond also led the Aggies on the ground with just 26 yards on nine carries.
While the overall yardage on his runs is not good, the fact that he ran the ball nine times is a big plus. For whatever reason, Mond had been hesitant to use his legs in the Aggies first three games, barely utilizing the strength that made him one of the more dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.
The Auburn defense was just too good to fall for Mond’s quickness, but the junior quarterback looked worlds better than in the first two games, propelling the Aggies in the fourth quarter to cut the decifit down to just one score.
Mond’s play is a big plus, even in the loss, since the Aggies will need to win practically every game from here on out if they want to make it to the SEC championship game. Much easier said than done, but if Mond plays like he did against Auburn, the Aggies might just have a fighting chance to pull off a miracle of a run.