QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): San Antonio, TX (IMG Academy)
247 RATING: .9498
POSITION RANK: 17
Passing: 7,379 yards (57.8%), 52 touchdowns, 24 interceptions
Rushing: 1,315 yards (3.6 ypc), 18 touchdowns
Passing: 2,897 yards (61.6%), 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
Rushing: 504 yards (4.0 ypc), 8 touchdowns
Kellen Mond Breakdown
– Short to medium throws
– Decision making
– Deep throws
– Throws on the run
– Play in big games
Jimbo Fisher’s latest quarterback made great strides in his development, and his trajectory puts Texas A&M on track to be a playoff contender. Kellen Mond’s first season as the starter produced inaccurate results, but he improved his completion percentage by 10% in two years.
Given that he’s entering his fourth year as a starter, Mond brings valuable experience to the offense. The Aggies quarterback must find new weapons with the exits of Quartney Davis and Kendrick Rogers off to the NFL, but his experience should help the new faces grow. He continues to improve as a passer, and there are a number of guys that can help him out, along with a line that can block for him.
Mond’s ability to complete short to medium throws consistently helped him settle in and improve as a passer. With a lack of proven commodities with elite speed to take the top off of a defense, this trait becomes essential. He puts great zip on his throws to fit the ball in tight windows, and it also allows him to make deep throws. The problem remains his touch. Mond’s live arm allows him to make quick throws regardless of distance, but he struggles dropping passes over the back of a defense. If he’s forced out of the pocket, his throws on the run tend to sail as well.
Arguably the most underrated trait in Mond’s game is his running ability. His stats don’t indicate a runner, but he’s more than capable of breaking a game open with his legs. He’s faster than almost everyone on the field, and teams tend to forget about that, which could help him late in games.
The Aggies and Fisher have yet to prove they can contend within their own division, but Mond’s the driver of that car. Another year of experience makes his team dangerous, and the sky’s the limit if he improves again.