Ranking every Texas A&M QB in the 21st century
Two decades in the world of Texas A&M football can feel like an eternity.
Consider this: In the year 2000, R.C. Slocum was the Aggies’ coach. Mark Farris was the quarterback. And A&M was on its way to a 7-5 finish — as a member of the Big 12.
It’s already been 8 years since the university defected for the SEC. And despite its proud tradition and passionate, vocal fan base, A&M remains largely a middling program with just 1 double-digit-win season since 1998.
But there definitely have been some bright moments, especially under center — or in the shotgun, as it were. In the latest installment of our preseason quarterback rankings series, we slotted the 14 QBs to throw 100 or more passes in an Aggies uniform since the turn of the century.
14. Jake Hubenak, 2015-17
The career backup was efficient when called upon, compiling a 129.4 career passer rating. His most action came in 2016, when he made 16 appearances and threw for 884 yards.
13. Nick Starkel, 2017-18
Starkel appeared in 11 games across his first 2 collegiate seasons before transferring to Arkansas, then San Jose State. He put up respectable numbers as an Aggie, completing over 60% of his throws and scoring 15 touchdowns through the air.
12. Kyler Murray, 2015
It’s easy to forget Murray began his collegiate career in College Station, first backing up Kyle Allen then taking over midway through his freshman year. He’s obviously nowhere near the worst quarterback on this list, but his contributions at A&M were relatively minimal — 8 games, 686 passing yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. We’ll go out on a limb and say things worked out fine for the Arizona Cardinals’ starter after he transferred to Oklahoma.
11. Mark Farris, 1999-2002
After a brief stint in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Farris started every game from 2000-2001. But his senior season saw him benched 2 games into the year. He finished his career with 4,896 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
10. Trevor Knight, 2016
As a senior, Knight transferred from Oklahoma to Texas A&M after losing the starting job to Baker Mayfield in Norman. Knight led the Aggies to an 8-5 mark and threw for over 2,400 yards with 19 TDs.
9. Dustin Long, 2002-03
Long took over for Farris in 2002 and finished the year with over 2,500 yards passing. But Reggie McNeal supplanted Long the following season, leading to his transfer to Sam Houston State.
8. Kenny Hill, 2013-14
Remember when Hill threw for over 500 yards against South Carolina in his debut after taking over for Johnny Manziel? That night earned him the nickname “Kenny Trill,” but it also may have been his peak as an Aggie. By the following year, he’d transferred to TCU, where he currently serves as an offensive analyst.
7. Kyle Allen, 2014-15
It was a tumultuous 2015 offseason when Allen and Murray transferred out of the program. But in 2 seasons, Allen made his mark — a 138.0 passer rating, 3,500 yards and 33 touchdowns during back-to-back 8-5 seasons.
6. Stephen McGee, 2005-08
A shoulder injury caused McGee to miss almost half his senior season, but he still ranks as the No. 7 passer in school history. McGee went on to brief stints in both the NFL and Canadian Football League.
5. Reggie McNeal, 2002-05
A dual-threat who made life hectic for Big 12 defenses at times. McNeal remains the No. 4 passer in program history and went on to a CFL career as a receiver.
4. Kellen Mond, 2017-present
One game into his senior season, Mond is already A&M’s No. 3 passer all-time with 7,568 career yards and 53 touchdowns. He wasn’t exactly great in the season-opening win against Vandy, but if A&M is to give Alabama any push in the SEC West this year, Mond will be a big reason. The big challenge awaits Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
3. Jerrod Johnson, 2007-10
The lasting memory of Johnson is probably his senior-season passing inaccuracy and getting benched in favor of Tannehill. But Johnson’s 8,011 passing yards are still tops in program history and nobody threw more TDs this century than Johnson (67).
2. Ryan Tannehill, 2008-11
Tannehill’s transition from part-time receiver to starting NFL quarterback remains a testament to his versatility and refreshing ability to stick with A&M no matter what it threw at him. Tannehill completed 62.5% of his passes and threw 42 touchdown tosses during his 4-year career.
1. Johnny Manziel, 2012-13
It’s a shame Johnny Football’s name is attached to so many off-the-field issues. Because on it, the first redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy was one of the most electric athletes the game has ever seen. He left A&M with 7,820 passing yards and 63 TDs passes — in just 2 seasons. And authored the victory over Nick Saban in 2012.