3 takeaways after watching Texas A&M's spring game
Texas A&M held its annual spring game Friday night. The Aggies were originally scheduled to scrimmage Saturday; however, the threat of inclement weather forced the move to Friday night.
It was a rather well-played game and certainly wasn’t sloppy like others. Here are three things that stood out about Texas A&M’s spring game:
Mond bounced back: Well, Kellen Mond’s spring game got off to a rough start after he threw a ill-advised INT on his first throw of the game. Jimbo Fisher entered Friday’s scrimmage having praised Mond’s decision-making, but he didn’t show it to start. However, following the bad INT, Mond bounced back nicely and connected on his next six throws, including a 25-yard TD pass to WR Camron Buckley.
Mond later hit Glenn Beal on a beautiful 29-yard TD pass, too. So, while Mond started out rough, he finished strong.
Cupp’s debut started slow: Touted freshman TE Baylor Cupp struggled to start his TAMU debut. All spring, folks have been raving about Cupp’s ability and are looking for him to make an immediate impact. However, on the first play of the game, Cupp whiffed on a block, and his teammate was hammered by the defensive back on a screen pass. Later in the game on his very first catch, Cupp was stripped by Leon O’Neal and coughed up the ball.
But, like Mond, Cupp bounced back. Freshman QB Zach Calzada hit Cupp on a pretty 31-yard TD reception.
Here’s the 31-yard TD from Calzada to Cupp. A strong throw from the true freshman. pic.twitter.com/tskBKbH2Nc
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Leader among backup QBs?: When Nick Starkel decided to transfer from TAMU, it created a hole for Mond’s backup. In today’s college football, teams have to have established backups that are dependable, especially with a dual threat player like Mond. Mond started for the Maroon Team, while Connor Blumrick started for the White Team. Each QB had three series to impress before the two others came in. Dual-threat QB James Foster replaced Mond on the Maroon Team, while early enrollee Zach Calzada replaced Blumrick.
Of the three backups, the early enrollee Calzada looked the best. He’s still learning the system and is rather raw, but it’s clear — he has an absolute cannon. He looked calm in the pocket, comfortable and in control. The Buford, Georgia, QB hooked up with Cupp on the 31-yard TD strike. Calzada could be the Aggies signal caller of the future.