Texas A&M Football kicks off this evening. The long awaited Jimbo Fisher era begins- live from Kyle Field. How many options do the Aggies have under center? Who will protect them?
Yesterday, Jimbo Fisher made it official- sophomore Kellen Mond will start under center against Northwestern State. It came as a surprise to some and others weren’t at all shocked. Last season, as a true freshman, Mond took over in game one against UCLA after starter Nick Starkel was injured. While he wasn’t perfect all the time, the growth this young man showed earned him a crack at a season all his own.
On the other side, redshirt junior Nick Starkel will sit behind Mond. Jimbo Fisher has made it clear that both quarterbacks will spend time under center. How much will Starkel see the field? Is he going to be pushed to the brink of transfer? Starkel has his own skill set- one that many thought would send the Aggies above and beyond expectations in 2017. However, it was not meant to be as he went down with an injury against UCLA after quite the strong first half.
Redshirt freshman Connor Blumrick and true freshman James Foster are options, though they very likely won’t see much field if any at all this season.
The Offensive Line
This group is likely the least talked about, yet the most important. Let’s start with the most well known of the group- center Erik McCoy. The junior is a leader on the offensive line and likely the most experienced of the group. Sophomore Ryan McCollum is his back up.
Sophomores Dan Moore Jr. and Carson Green will start and left and right tackle, respectfully. The back up for Moore Jr. is sophomore Kellen Diesch. Freshman Colten Blanton will be Green’s back up.
As for guard, senior Keaton Sutherland starts at left guard, with junior Colton Prater sitting behind him according to the depth chart released earlier this week. On the right is sophomore Jared Hocker or senior Connor Lanfear.
These players may shuffle around as the season continues, but these are the names you need to know and look out for.
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