Former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Nick Starkel announced he will be attending the Arkansas Razorbacks for the remaining two years of eligibility. On Monday, Starkel tweeted a thank you to coach Chad Morris and the University for an opportunity to earn his graduate degree.
Starkel began his career with the Aggies in 2017 and played in 11 total games. He accounted for 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions during his freshman season. Starkel also threw for 1,793 yards on 60 percent completions in 2017. However, he was rendered useless last season. He only completed 15 of 22 passes for one touchdown pass.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kellen Mond earned the majority of the snaps and seems like the quarterback of the present for the Aggies. Mond split time with 8 touchdown passes and 6 interceptions as a freshman. Last season, he exploded for 24 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions. Although Mond’s completion percentage never got higher than 57 percent, he became the favorite of new head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Interestingly enough, Starkel isn’t the only graduate transfer to join the Razorback program this offseason. Former SMU Mustangs’ quarterback Ben Hicks also enrolled at Arkansas and he is participating in spring practice right now.
According to Whole Hog Sports, Starkel fell in love with the program during his weekend visit. He loved the direction of the football program and sees a nice fit for his final two years of college football. More importantly, the Razorbacks are attempting to build a family atmosphere.
“Outside of their offices they have the coach’s name, but not just a picture of that coach, which most schools don’t even put a picture of that coach, but they put a picture of that coach and their family together,” Starkel said. “That’s something I thought was really cool. It drives home they’re trying to be a family.”
Coach Morris led the Razorbacks to a (2-10) season last year. They are expecting more satisfying results in 2019. If Starkel is the perfect quarterback to lead this family, he can win the job when he enrolls after the spring.
Overall, coach Morris has a (16-33) record as a Division I FBS coach. He only won two games with the Mustangs in his first season. However, they improved to (7-6) during his third and final season. Now, Morris is ready to steady the Razorbacks’ ship.