Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond turned heads by throwing for a career-high 430 yards as the Aggies came just short of knocking off No. 2 Clemson.
Despite his strong performance Mond knows he must improve this week against Louisiana-Monroe before the Aggies begin SEC play at top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 22.
"Still have a lot of work to do with me and a bunch of other positions
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The expectations were high for Mond from the moment he arrived on campus. Some recruiting services named him the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation after a senior season at IMG Academy in Florida, where he threw for 1,936 yards and 20 touchdowns and
ran for 775 yards and more 18 scores.
He is off to a great start this season after an up-and-down freshman year where he started eight games while Nick Starkel was injured but lost his job late in the season when Starkel returned. His offseason development and growth under new coach Jimbo Fisher
helped him beat out Starkel to nab the starting job.
Mond's work has helped the Aggies average 629.5 yards of offense, which ranks third in the nation. The yards he put up against Clemson were the most by an Aggie against a top-five team since Johnny Manziel had 464 in a 49-42 loss to Alabama in 2013.
All his three touchdown passes last week came in the second half, the last one coming on a 14-yard throw to Kendrick Rogers that cut the deficit to 28-26 with 46 seconds left. Mond's 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney raved about what Mond did against his defense, which features two first-team All-Americans on the line and a third who was named to the second team.
"I was really impressed by their quarterback," he said. "When I watched him on tape, I said: 'This kid has a lot of moxie; he's going to be a tough out.' And he was ... he's a heck of a player."
Fisher said his quarterback has plenty of great qualities, but what he likes best is that he's always trying to get better. Each time he came off the field on Saturday he'd talk to the coaches about why he did what he did and why it was right or wrong. He
discussed the different looks he was seeing and asked for advice on how to do things better on the next drive.
"His composure and his ability to process information I thought was outstanding as far as how he was seeing things and communicating with us on the sideline
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Mond has become a more vocal leader this season, but Fisher said he's been one of the best leaders on the team since he took over simply because of the way he conducts himself. Mond can often be found at the facility late at night studying film. Fisher said
he's consistently one of the hardest workers at practice.
He also shines as an example to other players because of his ability to take coaching, even if it's unpleasant.
"He's messing up at practice and (I'll) chew (him) out and be getting on him and riding him and he just says: 'Yes sir, this is how we've got to do it,'" Fisher said. "Not throwing a fit, not getting mad. Taking coaching. Doing the things he's got to do
of being an example for them so when it happens to you you need to do it, too."
When Mond is questioned about his work he often deflects such queries with talk about his weapons on offense. He raves about the work of junior running back Trayveon Williams and a young group of receivers led by sophomores Quartney Davis, Rogers and Camron
"I think the really good part about this offense is ... just having that trust and that versatility in the offense keeps everybody together knowing that anybody can make a play on any down," Mond said.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner would love it if Earl Thomas showed up. But he understands perfectly why he hasn’t so far
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Via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, Wagner said during a radio interview on KJR (with former Seahawk Cliff Avril) that the business realities of the NFL made him sympathetic to Thomas’ plight. The decorated safety has stayed away from all
offseason workouts, and skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp.
“You’ve got to do what’s right for you,” Wagner said. “Because at the end of the day, whenever you are done they don’t care about you. You’ve got to get what you’ve got to get while you can. Because as soon as you can’t play, . . . ”
At that point, Avril added: “As soon as you get hurt.”
“Yeah,” Wagner replied. “As soon as you can’t play and they don’t want you no more, it’s over. So you’ve got to make the best of your opportunity.”
Thomas is entering the final year of his contract Authentic Jameis Winston Jersey , and is underpaid by any tangible
measure. But the Seahawks have also turned over their defense this offseason, with a number of veterans hitting the door. Thus, they might not be as eager to give the 29-year-old Thomas the kind of deal he wants. As a result, Wagner hedged when asked if he
expected to see Thomas in camp.
“I mean, I don’t know. It’s up to him and management to figure that out,” Wagner said. “You don’t want to get into a person’s contract. . . . At the end of the day, they are trying to figure out a way to best provide for their family. You are involved, to
a certain extent, but he’s trying to take care of his family. And you want him to put himself in the best position to take care of his family. So whatever that looks like
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“Do I hope comes? I do. I hope he comes. But I’m not necessarily focused on that, because I understand both sides. I understand wanting him here. And I understand the business aspect, which is not good for players. Like, we have contracts that don’t necessarily
favor us all the time. So you have to do what’s right for you.”
Of course, there’s also the possibility the Seahawks trade Thomas (that chatter hasn’t died down), and let someone else deal with the contractual unpleasantness. And if that happens, they’ll say it was just business.
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