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Texas A&M redshirt freshman QB Nick Starkel (ankle) was healthy enough to warm up in advance of last weekend's win over Florida.

Starkel was feared to be lost for the campaign when he fractured his ankle in an opening loss to UCLA, but he has put those fears to bed and then some. Alas for the redshirt freshman, Kellen Mond has taken up the starting job and run with it. Mond will continue to start moving forward, with Starkel sliding into a backup role. Texas A&M is off on bye this weekend. They'll play host to Mississippi State next weekend.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 19 - 5:18 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin said that "things haven't changed" regarding freshman QB Kellen Mond's status as starting quarterback.

The return of Nick Starkel from a fractured ankle adds a wrinkle to the equation -- Starkel opened the season as starter -- but the Aggies have already embarked on the True Freshman Quarterback Experience with Mond and they aren't turning the car around. We think this is the smart move for Sumlin and crew. Mond is far from a polished passer, but he's shown respectable development as he's settled into the starting role and Texas A&M has worked its way out to a 5-2 start, 5-1 since their disastrous meltdown against UCLA to open the season.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 19 - 4:51 PM

Updating a previous item, Texas A&M freshman DE Ondario Robinson was arrested on Monday for stealing a campus police "bait bike."

Per the probable cause statement, Robinson -- a three-star recruit in the 2017 class -- was tracked by the GPS of the "bait bike" after he allegedly stole the $350 item. Texas A&M has yet to issue a statement regarding the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder's arrest. The team is off on bye this weekend and will next take the field when they tango with Mississippi State at the end of the month. Robinson is redshirting this season.
Oct 17 - 10:39 PM

Texas A&M freshman DE Ondario Robinson was arrested for a suspected theft on Monday.

University police detained Robinson on a charge of theft involving an item of $100-750. A Texas A&M spokesperson said that they are looking into the arrest. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class and is taking a redshirt this season.
Oct 17 - 6:05 PM

Texas A&M junior WR Christian Kirk caught two passes for 44 yards in Saturday's 19-17 win over Florida.

Kirk did have a 43-yard punt return in the game, but was by-and-large kept in check by Florida's still-sturdy defense. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior is one of the best receivers in the country, but unfortunately, Texas A&M's passing game is not a finished product with true freshman QB Kellen Mond running the show and Kirk (now up to a modest 360 receiving yards) has been one of the players hurt most by the slow offensive show.
Oct 14 - 11:13 PM

Texas A&M freshman QB Kellen Mond completed 8-of-24 passes for 180 yards and an interception while rushing for 52 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 19-17 win over Florida.

In a game where offense was incredibly hard to come by -- the two teams combined for three total touchdowns -- Mond notched a nine-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. The true freshman is an electric runner in the open field, but very much remains a work-in-progress as a passer.
Oct 14 - 11:09 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin is not ruling out the possibility that redshirt freshman QB Nick Starkel (ankle) could play again this season.

Starkel fractured his ankle in the season-opener against UCLA and subsequently underwent surgery. While Sumlin is holding out hope that he could return -- that would not occur until November at the earliest -- we believe that true freshman Kellen Mond has shown more than enough flash and progression to hold onto his starting job through to the end of the season.
Oct 10 - 7:02 PM

Texas A&M senior QB Jake Hubenak (shoulder) was working with the second-team offense in warmups prior to Saturday's loss to Alabama.

Hubenak was sidelined by a shoulder injury early in the campaign, but he's recovered from that health concern. Kellen Mond will continue to start for the Aggies, with Hubenak serving as backup.
Oct 10 - 5:33 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah says Texas A&M junior WR Christian Kirk faces a crucial test this weekend against Alabama.

"Kirk will be matched up against the best cover man in the country when he lines up across from the Tide's Minkah Fitzpatrick," Jeremiah wrote. "If Kirk finds a way to make a major impact in this game, considering whom he's playing with and whom he's playing against, it would be a strong statement for his draft stock." While we agree that Kirk vs. Fitzpatrick is a marquee matchup, we won't hold it against Kirk if his stats are poor. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder has been held to fewer than 50 yards receiving in three of five games this season, mostly because true freshman QB Kellen Mond remains raw in the pocket.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 6 - 4:47 PM

Texas A&M junior WR Christian Kirk caught just four passes for 14 yards in Saturday's win over South Carolina.

Kirk went off for 110 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas last weekend, but no such luck versus the Gamecocks on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder has been held to fewer than 50 yards receiving in three of five games this season. That comes with the territory of playing with a raw true freshman quarterback like Kellen Mond.
Oct 1 - 1:44 PM

Texas A&M redshirt junior RB Keith Ford ran for two scores and 70 yards on 12 carries in a 24-17 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Almost exactly a year after only getting one carry against South Carolina in 2016, Ford had the game-tying and game-winning score. That had to feel good for the 5-foot-11, 210-pound tailback. The first score was a seven-yarder to tie the game at 17-17, and the game-winner came from 17-yards out to make the score 24-17. Ford has to split carries with several players, but when he's at his best, he's capable of nights like this. He'll have to have another one next week if the Aggies are going to compete with Alabama.
Oct 1 - 12:00 AM

Texas A&M freshman QB Kellen Mond ran for 90 yards and threw for 159 yards on 19-of-27 passing in a 24-17 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Mond keeps getting better as a passer, and we know what the 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal-caller can do with the legs. It was mainly short throws for the freshman, but chains kept moving, and he set up three rushing touchdowns for the Aggies. Mond looked woeful in his first few games, but it's clear there's big-time upside in this freshman's arm and legs.
Sep 30 - 11:50 PM

Talking on the Paul Finebaum Show, Saturday Down South's Paul Crist said that Texas A&M junior WR Christian Kirk is the best wideout in the SEC.

Kirk (5'11/200) is certainly in that conversation. While he ranks just seventh in the SEC with his 250 receiving yards, we expect him to steadily improve on the statistical front over the course of the season while frosh QB Kellen Mond continues his acclimation to collegiate play. Kirk is coming off his best performance as a receiver of the young season, having just crushed Arkansas for a 5-110-2 receiving line.
Sep 28 - 4:50 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell tagged Texas A&M freshman QB Kellen Mond as the second-best freshman performer in Week 4.

"He had a long touchdown run stolen from him, he threw the game-winning pass in overtime, and he’s starting to feel much more comfortable in the pocket," Farrell writes. "His accuracy is still an issue, but that will come with time." The 6-foot-3, 199-pound true frosh hit on 14-of-27 passes for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's overtime win over Arkansas while showing off an impressive feel for the ground game in rushing for 109 yards on just 10 carries. He'll help play host to South Carolina this coming weekend.
Source: Rivals
Sep 27 - 5:15 PM

Texas A&M junior WR Christian Kirk was listed as one of Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline's "risers" after his performance against Arkansas.

Kirk (5'11/200) scored three touchdowns against the Razorbacks; two in the air and one on special teams. Pauline notes that Kirk is a "threat to score from any point on the field every time the ball is in his hands." Pauline also believes that Kirk is a lock to be drafted somewhere in the first two rounds. If he has more performances like he did on Saturday, that number could -- and probably should -- drop.
Sep 25 - 10:06 PM


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