Texas A&M football sees third transfer portal entry of the spring window

Another Texas A&M football player has decided to test the transfer portal waters.
Oct 29, 2016; College Station, TX, USA;  A view of the exterior of Kyle Field before the Texas
Oct 29, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; A view of the exterior of Kyle Field before the Texas / Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M football K Ethan Moczulski enters the transfer portal

Another member of the vaunted 2022 recruiting class for Texas A&M football has decided to transfer. Former Adidas All-American kicker Ethan Moczulski announced today his intention to continue his collegiate career elsewhere.

Moczulski, out of Mead, WA, was one of the top kickers available in the 247Sports ratings as a prospect. At the time, I thought he would play a lot more than he has ended up doing—since his arrival, Caden Davis and Randy Bond have both been the full-time place kicker, but Moczulski never got the call to try his hand. Or his leg, I guess.

Given the Aggies' struggles at kicker last year, I really thought we may see him get a shot. He didn't, obviously, which could have been chalked up to the stubbornness of the previous regime, but this eventuality makes me think that the new Aggie staff as well have opted to go with Bond instead. I've never claimed to be a kicker evaluation specialist, but I'm surprised he never broke through.

This leaves the Aggies with the aforementioned Bond and UGA transfer Jared Zirkel at place kicker. Zirkel is more of a kickoff specialist, but it's conceivable they could use him for long kicks—Bond has struggled from over 40 yards in his career.

This could also signal that the Ags intend on pursuing a kicker in the portal themselves. I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case, given the up-and-down nature of the unit last year. Of course, with the red zone execution that Klein's offense has shown, maybe this won't be as big of an issue in 2024.

Whatever happens, Elko and his staff have earned the benefit of the doubt in my book. Special Teams coach Patrick Dougherty brought a great reputation to College Station, so I trust that he will make the right move here.