Nick Starkel will be the first quarterback under center for the Texas A&M Aggies when they take on the UCLA Bruins on Sunday.
Starkel will be making his first career start for the Aggies, who went 8-5 last year.
Here are five things to know about the Texas a&M quarterback.
1. Nick Starkel was not a big-time recruit.
Unlike some of his predecessors at Texas A&M, Starkel was not a top-flight recruit. Starkel was a 3-star recruit in the class of 2016 and committed just before National Signing Day. He was ranked as the No. 21 quarterback in the 2016 cycle, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
2. Nick Starkel redshirted his first year on campus
The quarterback did not see the field his first year on campus. But this could be a good thing, given that both Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray did before ultimately deciding to transfer. The last redshirt freshman to start for the Aggies was Johnny Manziel, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy.
3. Nick Starkel beat out Kellen Mond and Jake Hubenak for the job.
Mond was the highest rated of the trio as a recruit, as he was the No. 3 dual threat quarterback in the 2017 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. Hubenak meanwhile has starting experience, as he’s filled in in each of the past two seasons for the Aggies. Per reports, both quarterbacks could end up playing against the Bruins.
4. Nick Starkel put up huge numbers as a high school senior
In his final year at Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas, Starkel put up big numbers. He threw for 3,091 yards and 29 touchdowns.
5. Nick Starkel was once committed to Oklahoma State
For most of the recruiting process, it looked like Starkel was going to be a Cowboy. Starkel committed to Oklahoma State in April of 2015 only to back off that commitment in December of the same year. In addition to the Aggies, Starkel also received a scholarship offer from UCLA, who he will start against on Sunday. Kickoff for the Aggies and Bruins is set for 7:30 p.m. on FOX.
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