COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel will return to the beginning lineup subsequent week when the Aggies host New Mexico.
Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin stated Saturday following the group’s 42-27 loss to Auburn that the redshirt freshman quarterback has executed sufficient to “earn back his spot” because the starter, which has been manned by true freshman Kellen Mond the previous eight video games.
Starkel, who began the Aggies’ season-opening loss at UCLA, suffered an ankle damage in that recreation that precipitated him to overlook the following 5 contests. He returned to motion in aid on Oct. 28 vs. Mississippi State. On Saturday, he entered within the second quarter after the Aggies punted on 4 of their first 5 drives behind Mond. Starkel instantly led the Aggies on a landing drive and completed the sport 11-for-22 pbading for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
“He was our starter to start the year,” Sumlin stated Saturday. “It wasn’t any indecision within the final couple weeks. It was all on him being wholesome, what he can do and the way he can do it. Obviously, at this time, he performed fairly good, all issues thought of. He took fairly excellent care of the soccer.
“Moving ahead, I feel he is earned again his spot, and we’ll go down the highway like that.”
Mond has had ups and downs because the starter however performed effectively general given his youth, with the group going 5-2 in video games he began. He threw for 216 yards and ran for 109 in a September extra time win over Arkansas and held his personal in opposition to Alabama in a 27-19 loss, the closest anybody has performed the Crimson Tide so far. Mond has thrown for 1,297 yards, seven touchdowns and 6 interceptions with a 50.four % completion charge. He has rushed for 347 yards and three touchdowns.
The Aggies’ offense sputtered in current weeks, nonetheless, and on Saturday — after a area objective on the primary drive — the offense went three-and-out the following 4 drives with Mond within the recreation, who was 5-for-11 pbading for 16 yards on Saturday. Sumlin stated as Starkel inched nearer to 100 % (he was out there to play as early as Oct. 14 at Florida), the Aggies felt extra comfy enjoying him.
“He was out there a pair weeks in the past. He was out there in an emergency scenario,” Sumlin said. “As the weeks have pbaded by, he practiced extra. Obviously, he has healed much more. So we felt higher with him enjoying.”
Said Sumlin relating to Mond: “Kellen has received a whole lot of video games for this group. It does not matter who you’re, you earn your spot. The means issues had been going at this time, primarily based on decision-making on the sphere, we made a change.
“Three weeks ago … everybody talked about how much Kellen was progressing. One game does not a career make. He had earned the starting spot over the last four weeks by winning at Florida, by winning games and doing things he needed to do … I just felt like, the way things were going in the football game, it was time to give somebody else a chance. And I think Nick took advantage of that today.”