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Counting on Experience: Mond gives Aggies an edge its 2020 foes don't have

June 11, 2020
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Experience is a valuable commodity. It teaches and it preaches.

It often provides a significant advantage, especially for a college quarterback. Experience does not, however, guarantee success. Nor does a lack of success guarantee failure.

Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy as redshirt freshmen. Trevor Lawrence led Clemson to a national championship as a true freshman.

But for every example like that, there are probably a dozen more quarterbacks that need time to develop or fit into a system.

“I firmly believe in certain offenses it's easier to plug and play,” said former A&M quarterback Stephen McGee. “I believe in (coach Jimbo Fisher’s) system, experience is really valuable because they put so much on the quarterback’s plate to make pre-snap adjustments to get the team in the right play. I think it takes time and reps to get comfortable to where you’re playing and not thinking.”

That’s great for Texas A&M. Not only will the Aggies enter the 2020 football season with senior Kellen Mond in his third year as a full-time starter, but the schedule is saturated with opposing quarterbacks that have precious little playing experience or experience in their current offensive systems.

Eight of A&M’s 12 opponents will have new quarterbacks. Only one — Auburn’s Bo Nix — started every game last season.

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Kellen Mond’s experience gives A&M an advantage over opponents as 2020 will be his third year starting under Jimbo Fisher.

Former A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson is among those that believe the quarterback experience factor will be a major advantage for the Aggies.

“At the very least (Mond) knows situational football,” Johnson said. “He can get you in and out of plays. He knows on third-and-seven and (the opponent) with no time outs instead of running out of bounds to slide. That’s a winning play. Little things like that you’ve got to give to a veteran.”

That might seem a little surprising coming from Johnson, who had success with little experience. He passed for 2,443 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore first-year starter in 2008.

Also, as an Aggie, he saw up close Manziel’s magical 2012 Heisman season.

Johnson acknowledges great talent will overcome some disadvantages. Still, he maintains that experience cannot be overvalued.

“I definitely think guys with that type of success are more the exceptions than the rule,” he said. “It’s not a talent thing. Guys have success with unique talent.”

“But wins and losses come in situational football… the two-minute drive, sliding, don’t take a sack in the red zone. It’s a lot of little things to think about at once. How much time is on the clock? How many timeouts do you have?”

"The deeper you get into it you can process more information. Those are things you deal with in crunch time.”

“I view that as a huge advantage,” McGee said. “He’s in the third year of Jimbo’s system. I think he’s going to be comfortable with all the things at his disposal.”
- Stephen McGee

McGee agrees. He emphatically believes Mond’s experience is a major factor. He also thinks the cancelation of spring football because of COVID-19 will pose problems for many A&M opponents.

“I view that as a huge advantage,” McGee said. “He’s in the third year of Jimbo’s system. I think he’s going to be comfortable with all the things at his disposal.”

“Even more so it’s a huge advantage for A&M in that the COVID-19 virus stuff has set back some signal-callers. In my opinion offseason and spring football is really for quarterbacks. They get the most out of it. For teams with young quarterbacks and young players in general that are going to have meaningful roles… that’s a disadvantage for them.”

Here’s a look at the quarterback position for A&M’s 12 opponents in 2020:

Abilene Christian: Luke Anthony passed for 2,525 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. Then, he transferred to Louisiana Tech. The Wildcats likely will start Peyton Mansell, a transfer from Iowa who rarely played there.

North Texas: The program’s all-time leading passer Mason Fine completed his eligibility with more than 12,000 passing yards and 91 touchdowns. His successor is uncertain. Last year’s backups Jason Bean and Austin Aune, once a transfer from Arkansas, combined to throw for 312 yards in 2019.

Colorado: Steven Montez passed for 9,710 yards — the second-highest career total in Colorado history. He signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins. Backup Blake Stenstrom transferred to Princeton. That leaves the Buffaloes with Tyler Lyle, who attempted one pass in 2019. It was incomplete. Incoming freshman Brendon Lewis figures to have a real shot at starting for first-year coach Karl Dorrell. Just in case, though, Sam Noyer moved to quarterback from safety.

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Arkansas’ newest quarterback Feleipe Franks gives new head coach Sam Pittman an experienced signal-caller to work with.

Arkansas: The Hogs used five quarterbacks in 2019. The two most productive are gone. Nick Starkel transferred to San Jose State, and Ben Hicks completed his eligibility. But the position is upgraded with the addition of Florida transfer Feleipe Franks. He passed for 2,457 yards and rushed for 432 in the 2018 season before suffering a season-ending injury in September of 2019.

Mississippi State: Sophomore Garrett Shrader is the returning starter, but isn’t expected to start for first-year coach Mike Leach. Shrader is an effective runner, but Leach prefers throwing on almost every down. Stanford transfer K.J. Costello, who has thrown for 6,151 yards in his career, is expected to take over the starting role.

Fresno State: Jorge Reyna passed for 2,655 yards in 2019 but also completed his eligibility. The Bulldogs’ likely starter is either Ben Woolridge, who passed for 30 yards last season, or Jake Haener, a transfer from Washington. Haener passed for 107 yards in 2018.

Auburn: Bo Nix was predictably inconsistent as a true freshman starter. He passed for 2,542 yards and 16 touchdowns. He projects to be better as a sophomore, but he’ll have an unproven offensive line.

South Carolina: Sophomore Ryan Hilinski figures to retain his starting job. But that’s not assured. Though Hilinski passed for 2,357 yards as a freshman, he must stave off challenges from highly-regarded incoming freshman Luke Doty‍ and grad transfer Collin Hill. Hill played at Colorado State for new Gamecocks offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

Ole Miss: John Rhys Plumlee returns as the starter after a solid freshman year in which he rushed for 1,023 yards. He only passed for 910, though. If he doesn’t improve as a passer, new Rebels coach Lane Kiffin might call on sophomore Matt Corral.

Vanderbilt: Every quarterback on the Commodores 2019 roster either completed eligibility or transferred. That leaves junior college transfer Jeremy Moussa and true freshmen Ken Seals‍ and Mike Wright competing for the starting job.

Alabama: Injuries to Tua Tagovailoa forced Mac Jones into the starting lineup for four games in 2019. He passed for 1,503 yards and 14 touchdowns. He closed the season by throwing for more than 300 yards against Auburn and Michigan. Jones figures to remain the starter, though he’ll be challenged by incoming five-star freshman Bryce Young.

LSU: Junior Myles Brennan is expected to be the successor to Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who passed for 5,679 yards and 60 touchdowns. Brennan has passed for 600 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

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Counting on Experience: Mond gives Aggies an edge its 2020 foes don't have

7,631 Views | 30 Replies | Last: 3 mo ago by Iraq2xVeteran
oldfart79
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olin, im looking for a 1970's model ford truck got any on your lot
GumboMaverick
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If only Mond can stay away from the delay of game penalties
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Gig em Kellen!
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Experience is limited in what it can compensate for.
SinKiller
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Not to rain on the rookie QB parade, but...Bo Nix, who will never be confused with being even a below average qb, came in as a true freshman and beat the Ags at Kyle. A guy that can barely complete a forward pass did that, still baffles me.
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Unless Mond can improve his performance on the road dramatically, we're looking at a third or fourth place finish again in the SEC West.



David Kreps
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Just want to see football. Hopefully the season will start on TV regardless is any fans are in the stands...
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Good thing his scholarship isn't based on the accuracy of his preseason predictions.
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Sully said to say "Howdy", "Gig'em" and something that wasn't quite audible.
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I was very excited to have Kellen as our starting QB in 2017! That excitement quickly ended with his performance.

At his best, Mond is a mediocre QB. At his worst, he's a disaster. He didn't benefit from experience in 2018 or 2019, nor will he in 2020...especially with the O-Line that we have.
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The O line development will determine this season not Mond
samhoustonag
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83Aggie said:

The O line development will determine this season not Mond
The O line developing will not cure Mond being slow to work through his progressions, his slow release, his inability to read the pressure or his inability to complete a pass longer than ten yards.
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"And that pass was just a little too high. The Aggies send out the punt team."
MidTnAg
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I strongly disagree with your premise. His experience has nothing to do with him having an edge this season. Your so-called edge is 100% due to our cupcake season this year. Any of our QBs would have an edge this season.

I saw one ranking that had us ranked 69th in strength of schedule. The only SEC team with an easier schedule was Florida and they were ranked 71st. Another Web site had us with the 75th strength of schedule. And there were no SEC teams ranked with an easier schedule.

Last season we played Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, and LSU the years toughest schedule. The only team we might play from this list this season is Auburn. And I think there is an excellent chance prior to the Auburn game, COVID-19 will have suspended our 2020 season and we will not play them either.
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MidTnAg said:

I strongly disagree with your premise. His experience has nothing to do with him having an edge this season. Your so-called edge is 100% due to our cupcake season this year. Any of our QBs would have an edge this season.

I saw one ranking that had us ranked 69th in strength of schedule. The only SEC team with an easier schedule was Florida and they were ranked 71st. Another Web site had us with the 75th strength of schedule. And there were no SEC teams ranked with an easier schedule.

Last season we played Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, and LSU the years toughest schedule. The only team we might play from this list this season is Auburn. And I think there is an excellent chance prior to the Auburn game, COVID-19 will have suspended our 2020 season and we will not play them either.


We finally get a favorable schedule and now it's described as "cupcake." Keep Texags'ing, Zoo. Never disappoint.
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ManicDepression
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I'd like to say something positive here about QB1 (and non-political), but I cannot find the words.
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ManicDepression said:

I'd like to say something positive here about QB1 (and non-political), but I cannot find the words.
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If we are counting on Mond to give us an edge....kiss this season goodbye
He is the proverbia deer in the headlights !
WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR
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SinKiller said:

Not to rain on the rookie QB parade, but...Bo Nix, who will never be confused with being even a below average qb, came in as a true freshman and beat the Ags at Kyle. A guy that can barely complete a forward pass did that, still baffles me.
Bo was given the SEC Rookie of the Year award which shows just how much BS there is in the SEC. He is below average IMO but is the son of an excellent AU starting QB past.

I am no Mond fan but would take Mond over him, not even close.
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MaroonStain said:

MidTnAg said:

I strongly disagree with your premise. His experience has nothing to do with him having an edge this season. Your so-called edge is 100% due to our cupcake season this year. Any of our QBs would have an edge this season.

I saw one ranking that had us ranked 69th in strength of schedule. The only SEC team with an easier schedule was Florida and they were ranked 71st. Another Web site had us with the 75th strength of schedule. And there were no SEC teams ranked with an easier schedule.

Last season we played Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, and LSU the years toughest schedule. The only team we might play from this list this season is Auburn. And I think there is an excellent chance prior to the Auburn game, COVID-19 will have suspended our 2020 season and we will not play them either.


We finally get a favorable schedule and now it's described as "cupcake." Keep Texags'ing, Zoo. Never disappoint.
It is a relative cupcake schedule but if anyone wins SEC with only 1 loss, they are in The Playoffs.

obtw ANY schedule would be considered cupcake compared to '19 (except maybe a few NFL schedules).
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samhoustonag said:

83Aggie said:

The O line development will determine this season not Mond
The O line developing will not cure Mond being slow to work through his progressions, his slow release, his inability to read the pressure or his inability to complete a pass longer than ten yards.
The problem with expecting Mond to do well is his lack of progress with so many starts so far. He has everything he needs but consistency. He had much opportunity to improve that but hasn't. His year to year slope is evident If he didn't do it so far, with that experience, why expect a sudden upturn?
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psybj said:

samhoustonag said:

83Aggie said:

The O line development will determine this season not Mond
The O line developing will not cure Mond being slow to work through his progressions, his slow release, his inability to read the pressure or his inability to complete a pass longer than ten yards.
The problem with expecting Mond to do well is his lack of progress with so many starts so far. He has everything he needs but consistency. He had much opportunity to improve that but hasn't. His year to year slope is evident If he didn't do it so far, with that experience, why expect a sudden upturn?


This. He's a senior with the consistency of a sophomore. He may have experience, but it sure hasn't done him much good.
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Last season our schedule was brutal. It was just brutal. I don't see how we won eight games. We won the games were supposed to but since the other games were so difficult, you would have thought that we would have slipped up on at least one or two of the games in which we were favored. We didn't!

I attribute that to strong leadership of the players and the coaches. Strong motivation, strong desire to get up after being beaten down and kick somebody's ass.

I was really impressed with last year's season. I thought it was one of the best because we persevered over and over when we were getting the crap beat out of us. This season is completely different. We might play only two top 10 teams -- Alabama and LSU. But the other teams, except for Auburn, are not going to be decent teams. This will not be a walk in the park but it won't be far from it.

This season: Abilene Christian, North Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Fresno State, and Vanderbilt. In addition to those, we will have Mississippi State, Mississippi, and South Carolina. We should be favored by at least a touchdown in those three games. The next toughest game will be Auburn. This game has been topsy-turvy over the last few years because the visiting team has won most of the games.

The really two tough teams/games to be played will obviously be LSU and Alabama -- our last two games. However, I don't believe we will play these games (d/t COVID-19). Anyway we could have an awesome season lose maybe just one game or maybe have an undefeated season.

I'm looking for an undefeated (10-0) season.
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My problem with Mond is he/she/they not a true dual threat QB, he/she/they is more of a statue QB
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BrotherChad said:

My problem with Mond is he/she/they not a true dual threat QB, he/she/they is more of a statue QB

I see what you did there....
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SinKiller said:

Not to rain on the rookie QB parade, but...Bo Nix, who will never be confused with being even a below average qb, came in as a true freshman and beat the Ags at Kyle. A guy that can barely complete a forward pass did that, still baffles me.
I think that's a testament to Auburn as a team. Nix was something like 12/20 with 100 yards and 1 TD in that game, so I wouldn't really phrase it as "Bo Nix came in and beat the Aggies".

Decent example of how a starting QB just has to be adequate if the other pieces of the offense are clicking and the defense is solid. That's why I haven't been as anti-Mond as everyone else. Here's to hoping Mond and his supporting cast can elevate their game this season (if there is a season).

Aggie RBs had a total of 12 carries for 30 yards in that game.
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Good point. They were only 33% on 3rd down and only averaged 5/pass. A lot of QBs can manage a game.

Their run game killed us. The secondary missed run fits all day long. Didnt help that Roney Elam became "unavailable" sometime before the game and that our free safety had a mental breakdown.

Bobby Brown left the game I want to say 2nd quarter. We lacked another NT to plug in. We had to sell out to stop the run, and even then could not when it counted most.
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And I would not sleep on KJ Costello at MSU. The dude was a successful pro-style QB at Stanford. Going from pro-style to the Air Raid should be a smooth transition. Like going from Bridge to Spades or chess to checkers.

MSU's offense will probably have several messy games early, b/c Leach teams almsot always have a bad first game and they will have missed spring ball to install the system.
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We were 3-point favorites in our home game against Auburn. Auburn's running game and our lack lack of running game doomed us. We outgained Auburn with 391 yards to 299 yards, but they outrushed us 193 to 56. Bo Nix was a game manager, who didn't need to do much with his arm for Auburn to beat us at Kyle Field. Joey Gatewood also threw a touchdown pass on his only pass attempt. Before last season started, I had predicted an 8-4 regular season and 5-3 in SEC games, including a win over Auburn, and 3rd place in the SEC West behind Alabama and LSU.
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We were actually slight favorites against Auburn, but was dominated for most of the game. We trailed 28-10 before outscoring Auburn 10-0 to make the final score look closer than the game actually was. That was the only game we lost in which we were favored.
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