Aggie football is back next week, and these five are already making their presence known:
Kellen Mond - Quarterback
Following a full season of development under head coach Jimbo Fisher’s system in 2018, the junior signal caller had an entire offseason to work on the details of his game. Mond gained upper body strength and worked with famed quarterback trainer George Whitfield during the spring and summer. With nearly all of his targets returning and a more experienced offensive line to protect him, the foundation is set for Mond to have a strong season in 2019. Add in the pedigree of Fisher’s development of second-year quarterbacks in the past and Mond’s bar is set high as he enters 2019.
Jashaun Corbin - Tailback
As a true freshman, Corbin primarily showcased his abilities on special teams, including a 100-yard kick return against Arkansas last season. The sophomore tailback was also the backup to now-Cincinnati Bengal Trayveon Williams last season, recording 346 yards rushing and a touchdown. Corbin’s approach is similar to Williams’, and he will be expected to block, receive and return under Fisher’s system. With an offensive line that has already blocked for a 1,760-yard rusher last season, Corbin will be a key piece in a talented backfield for A&M.
Elijah Blades - Cornerback
As the top defensive back recruit in the 2019 junior college class rankings, Blades fills a position of need in the A&M secondary. The Pasadena, California, native has already made splashes in fall camp and is expected to start alongside veteran cornerback Debione Renfro. With the toughness, athletic ability, experience and blue chip talent that Blades possesses, defensive coordinator Mike Elko has pieced together a secondary that could be one of the most improved units in the country.
Justin Madubuike - Defensive Tackle
The sole returning starter on a top-tier rushing defensive front from a season ago, Madubuike brings both experience and leadership to a talented young group in 2019. The defensive tackle is known to never take a snap off, closing gaps up front and making plays in the backfield when possible. After recording 5.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss last season, the junior has been placed on several award watch lists, including those for the coveted Outland Trophy which is awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman.
Quartney Davis - Wide Receiver
After going from no receptions in 2017 to second most on the team in 2018, Davis has emerged as a top target for Mond. Last season, the wideout displayed his ability at the highest level, with 100-plus yard performances against South Carolina and LSU, and seven touchdowns throughout the season. Davis’ toughness and ability to create space against opposing secondaries will be pivotal this season with the Aggies’ tough schedule. With former tight end Jace Sternberger gone, Davis will have every opportunity to improve on his production this season.