Texas A&M Football, new starting QB Implication No. 1: Dual-threat quarterback
I thought I’d start with this implication since it seems like the most obvious.
Look back at the past three years of having Kellen Mond under center. You had a player who was a fully capable runner but simply preferred to stay in the pocket and work as a more traditional quarterback. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing but it did flatten out Texas A&M’s game.
Rather than having a two-dimensional game, A&M’s offense was limited. It was never bad, but there was a distinct ceiling attached when Mond was the team’s quarterback. With King, that ceiling disappears.
Even with a tiny sample, we know that King can hurt opposing teams with his legs. Even more importantly, he’s willing to hurt opposing teams with his legs.
In the two games that we’ve seen out of King, we’ve had a mixed bag from him as a passer. That goes to the tune of 2-4 passing with 59 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. There’s no accurate way to interpret that.
His running game, however, was performed with a certain level of consistency, as he rushed the ball six times for 43 yards. If you need a larger sample of this, check out his high school tape, where he consistently torched opposing teams with little effort. Jimbo Fisher has even been on record saying that King has “sub-4.50 speed.”