Texas A&M football: 5 records that could be broken in 2020 ... and 2 that will never be touched
When you think of Texas A&M football and career records, one name comes to mind. Johnny Manziel made football fun again in Aggieland, whether he was running crazy-legged up and down the gridiron or completing passes for touchdowns, Johnny Football moves to the forefront.
But real Aggies fans remember that Manziel followed perhaps the greatest quarterback ever to play at Texas A&M. It’s Jerrod Johnson who still holds many of the career passing records. Records that just might be broken in the upcoming season by quarterback Kellen Mond.
Here are 5 records that could be broken in 2020, and then 2 more that very well could stand the test of time.
Could be broken
1. All-time passing yardage
Johnson holds the career record with 8,011 yards, accumulated from 2007-10, but Mond has climbed the ladder and, if healthy, will stand atop the list when all is said and done. Manziel is 2nd all-time with 7,820 career passing yards. But from 2017-19 Mond has rolled up a 7,379 yards through the air. He needs just 441 more in 2020 to pass Manziel, and he is 632 short of tying Johnson’s all-time record.
2. All-time passing touchdowns
Again, it’s Johnson — not Manziel — who holds this Texas A&M all-time record with 67 career TD passes. Granted, Johnson needed 4 seasons to do it while Manziel piled up 63 career scoring strikes in just 2 seasons. Regardless, it’s Mond once again who will take aim on the all-time record. With 52 career touchdown passes, Mond needs just 15 more in 2020 to equal Johnson’s record. Averaging just over 17 TD passes in his first 3 seasons, it’s a record that is certainly within his reach, especially considering he threw 24 in 2018 and another 20 TD passes last season.
3. All-time career completions
Longevity is the key again, with Johnson and Mond already passing Manziel on the all-time completions list. Johnson holds the school record with 650 career completions. But Mond isn’t far behind. His 613 career completions rank 2nd. Adding and another 37 completions in 2020 to tie the record seems a certainty for a healthy Mond, who completed 258 passes during the 2019 season.
4. Career passing attempts
Yet again, Mond is chasing after another Texas A&M all-time record held by Johnson. In completing 1,109 passes over his four-year career, Johnson established the school record. But Mond nearly caught him in his first three seasons. The upcoming senior has already thrown 1,061 career passes for Texas A&M and needs just 58 more tosses during the 2020 season to equal the school’s all-time mark. Mond threw 415 passes in 2018 and another 419 this past season. So breaking that record should be no problem.
5. Tie the record for consecutive 7+ win seasons
With 7 victories in 2020, the Aggies can tie the school’s all-time record for consecutive 7+ win seasons at 11. The active streak of consecutive 7+ win seasons began in 2010 under head coach Mike Sherman. Another such season would equal the 11 consecutive years of 7+ win seasons, the most in school history, which was accomplished from 1985 under head coach Jackie Sherrill to 1995 under head coach R.C. Slocum and coincidentally was the Aggies’ final year in the old Southwest Conference.
Will never be touched
1. Total offensive yards in a single season
Here’s where Manziel will live in infamy. His school-record 5,116 total yards in 2012 will likely never be matched. In that magical year, Manziel threw for 3,706 yards and rushed for another 1,410. Manziel actually holds Texas A&M’s top 2 single-season total yardage marks. He compiled 4,873 yards in 2013. For comparison, Johnson is a distant 3rd on the all-time list with 4,085 total yards in 2009.
2. Total touchdowns in a single season
Again, nobody will likely match Manziel’s 47 combined touchdowns in 2012. In that season, he threw for 26 scores and ran for another 21. It’s a feat that Aggieland will likely never see again. And again, Manziel holds the top 2 spots on the all-time list, scoring 46 touchdowns in 2013. And once again, Johnson sits a distant 3rd on that list, having accounted for 38 touchdowns during the 2009 season. Yes, for single seasons Manziel’s legacy will likely carry on for all time.