As much as we mock Kyle Trask, I have to say I do get some of the praise thrown his way. Last season was the first time in his career he was asked to be the week in, week out starter and he didn’t spit the bit, finishing in the top three in the conference in passer rating. He’s got a coach who, again, despite the mockery, does a good job of playing to his skill set. So, while I’m not proclaiming he’s on track for a Heisman-type season, he’s more than functional at his position.
One reason for the hype he’s getting is because the competition from his conference peers is so modest. While I get why Trask is praised, you know whom I don’t get the praise for? This guy.
BCR: 50 percent
Quarterback: Fighter Pilot
Kellen Mond is as dumbfounding as any quarterback in the country. In the span of consecutive plays, his play can vacillate between No. 1 pick and undraftable. But the upside is why he’s in the fighter pilot category to me. If things click this fall, Mond has the ability to lead Texas A&M wherever it wants to go. Of course, this fighter pilot could also crash the jet into the side of the mountain but at least he’s got the tools to fly it.
Here are Mond’s passer ratings (conference rank in parenthesis) in three years as a starter in the SEC:
- 2017: 108.76 (13th)
- 2018: 134.98 (10th)
- 2019: 131.11 (7th)
I’m not seeing a helluva lot of No. 1 pick in there. And keep in mind he’s being coached by one of the supposedly great quarterback whisperers in college football. Just to remind you, Trask, who is referred to in the same article as a “bus driver”, finished with a passer rating 25 points higher than Mond.
Oh, and here’s one more example of why this year’s crop of SEC quarterbacks is less than impressive.
Jarrett Guarantano. Jarrett Guarantano.
Meet the other side of the Guarantano coin.
So, yeah, I get the pundit love for Trask. My money is still on Costello for first team All-SEC by seasons’ end, though.