Texas A&M kicked off the Jimbo Fisher era on Saturday with their annual spring game. The 12th Man has been chomping at the bit for some Aggie football since the well publicized hiring of Jimbo Fisher in November. Admission for the spring game was free for the first time in program history, resulting in a strong showing from the 12th Man.
The Aggie’s showed flashes of what to expect moving forward with Jimbo as head coach. Something Aggie fans saw that they’re not used to seeing are the tight ends getting involved. Under Kevin Sumlin, the Aggies rarely saw a tight end on the field let alone catching touchdowns. Aggies new tight end Jace Sternberger, junior transfer from Oklahoma A&M, dazzled the 12th Man on Saturday reeling in 8 catches for 140 yards with 2 touchdowns. Another highlight for the Aggies on Saturday was wide receiver Kendrick Rogers, who caught 8 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown
Quarterbacks Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond showed flashes of their talent, but for the most part struggled to connect with receivers. Whether the reason be the wind or learning a new offense, they will need to be better if the Aggies want to compete in the SEC. Nick Starkel finished 26-42 with 373 yards and 2 touchdowns:Kellen Mond finished 19-26 180 and 3 touchdowns. Nick Starkel started for the Aggies last season, but was replaced by Kellen Mond after breaking his ankle in the season opener. Jimbo Fisher has not given any hints on who will be named the starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
The real story from Texas A&M’s spring game came at halftime, when several former Aggie football players took the field for a flag football game, including 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel at all-time quarterback. The 12th Man erupted at the end of the first half when Johnny caught a short field goal attempt and attempted to return it. Needless to say the 12th Man still love them some Johnny Football.