COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A Texas A&M spring soccer sport file crowd turned out to usher within the unofficial on-field begin of the Jimbo Fisher period. The Aggies and their new coach supplied observers their first look of what is forward after Fisher’s extremely publicized offseason transfer to A&M from Florida State at Saturday’s annual Maroon & White sport at Kyle Discipline.
The 48,129 in attendance — which surpassed Texas A&M’s earlier spring soccer sport file of 45,212 in Johnny Manziel’s sophomore 12 months — acquired in depth appears on the staff’s two competing quarterbacks, Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond, a bodily protection and a possible breakout star in tight finish Jace Sternberger because the White staff defeated Maroon 30-24.
Mond, who began eight video games final season, and Starkel, who began 5, every had their moments as their competitors for the beginning job continued. Starkel completed with a game-high 373 passing yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-42 passing however threw an interception that led to a rating. Mond was 19-of-26 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns for the White staff.
Fisher complimented each passers however stated he is not able to tab a frontrunner after 15 spring practices.
“There’s no way that we can name a starter right yet,” Fisher stated. “It’s too early … because we’re just really now getting into the offense, as far as the fine-tuning and the nuances of it that really makes it go, because they just haven’t had enough time to learn it.”
Sternberger, the star of Saturday’s sport with eight catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns, appears to have realized shortly.
A junior faculty switch who was the primary to decide to Fisher after his arrival at Texas A&M, Sternberger obtained loud cheers as Fisher’s pro-style offense featured him early and sometimes. Tight ends had been not often utilized previously six seasons underneath former coach Kevin Sumlin, catching solely 32 mixed passes over that point. Fisher’s tight ends at Florida State caught 181 passes in that span.
Sternberger was named staff MVP of spring apply.
“He’s a playmaker,” Starkel stated. “He’s been making those plays every day ever since he got here.”
Fisher praised the protection, which racked up seven mixed sacks and got here up with two turnovers. New defensive coordinator Mike Elko, previously of Notre Dame, has a plethora of defensive tackles to work with, and it is a place Fisher stated has been one of many Aggies’ strengths this spring.
Total, Fisher was happy with the displaying from his staff.
“Some good things,” he stated. “There’s a ton we’ve got to work on … it was a great, competitive game, guys dealt with adversity and played pretty well. We’ll look at the film and judge from there.”