Texas A&M's passing attack in for big season? Aggies bring back unmatched continuity among SEC teams
Entering the 2019 season, Kellen Mond expressed his opinion that he was the Southeastern Conference’s best quarterback.
While Mond didn’t have a terrible year by any stretch, he did fall well short of that lofty standard as the league produced the Heisman Trophy winner in Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa continued his assault on Alabama’s individual passing records book.
Mond clearly wasn’t the league’s best passer during his junior season in College Station, but he did manage to complete a career-best 61.6 percent of his passes in 2019. However, his 2,897 passing yards and 20-9 touchdown to interception ratio was a step back from the progress Mond made during his sophomore season.
Texas A&M’s quarterback made the decision to return to school for one last ride during the offseason and there is reason to believe the 2020 season could be Mond’s best as an Aggie. As pointed out by Brad Powers of BradPowersSports.com, Texas A&M is the only SEC team that returns their head coach, play-caller, starting quarterback, top receiver and 75 career offensive line starts heading into the 2020 season.
In fact, only 10 teams in the nation can claim the same. The others? Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Miami of Ohio, Nevada, Temple and Virginia Tech.
The Aggies’ passing attack could have been even more lethal had Quartney Davis and Kendrick Rogers decided to return for their senior seasons but they both left school early only to go undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Even with those targets gone, Mond should have plenty of options to throw to this fall with the return of Jhamon Ausbon, Jalen Wydermyer, Ainias Smith and Isaiah Spiller and the signing of five-star receiver, Demond Demas. The Aggies are also set to return the No. 1 tight end prospect in the 2019 recruiting cycle, Baylor Cupp, who was lost for the season during training camp.
The Aggies have the pieces in place to finally have one of the league’s best passing attacks under Jimbo Fisher, now they need to go out and do it. If they fail to do so, it won’t be due to a lack of experience.