Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond was named the Reese’s Senior Bowl MVP after his final performance of his collegiate career on Saturday. Mond, who was playing for the American team, was 13-for-25 and threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-24 losing effort against the National team.

Mond had a huge third quarter when he passed for 141 of his 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns after a slow start.

“It was a great feeling whether it was a simple drop back or making an insane play,” the former Aggie starter said. “Everything was kind of rolling my way. Obviously, it was kind of shaky at the beginning, but it definitely shows a lot of poise to be able to bounce back.”

Mond completed 13 of 25 passes for 173 yards, leading an American squad comeback from a 13-0 deficit to a 16-13 lead with two third-quarter TD passes, prompting NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah to say Mond “is making a little money today,” during the broadcast of the game.

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One of those scores was perhaps Mond’s best throw of the game, to Clemson WR Amari Rodgers, threading a throw over the middle between defensive backs Darren Hall of San Diego State and Thomas Graham Jr. of Oregon. Hall was also involved in Mond’s worst throw, dropping a would-be interception that bounced off his chest.

Mond’s head coach this week, the Carolina Panthers’ Matt Rhule, liked what he saw from the QB.

“We’re talking about a really, really football-smart guy here,” Rhule said after the game. “He’s got one of those memories. You give him a play and he knows it. He kind of got into a rhythm there in the third quarter, just ripping some seam balls, making some plays. I think he’s got a bright future.

Mond also converted on a two-point conversion in the midst of the American team’s comeback attempt when down 13-0 in the second quarter. The team would go on to take a 16-13 lead but never regained it after the National team answered with a touchdown to end the third quarter.

“It’s a huge sign of everything I’ve worked for,” Mond said. “Obviously I’ve had some ups and downs during my career, but to finally come out here on a huge stage and perform the way I wanted to and execute, it was definitely huge.”

Mond is a record-breaking quarterback that Texas A&M will surely miss in 2021. The six-foot-three senior led the Aggies to a 9-1 record with their only loss coming to eventual national champion Alabama 52-24 back in October and holds the school record for passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts.

Mond’s MVP performance will surely help his draft stock. Pro Football Network’s Ian Cummings has Mond going in day two of the NFL Draft, but by no means will he hear his named called during day one. Still, Mond’s illustrious career ended on a high note.

With the Reese’s senior bowl MVP under his belt, the 217-pounder finds himself as the sixth consecutive quarterback to win the award and joins the ranks of NFL starters like Daniel Jones, Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert who have recently won the award.

WHO IS KELLEN MOND

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Kellen Louis Mond (born June 22, 1999) is an American football quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies.

High school career

Mond originally attended Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida prior to his senior year. As a senior, he passed for 1,936 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 775 yards and 18 touchdowns. Mond was rated by the Rivals.com recruiting network as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the number one dual-threat quarterback in his class. He committed to Texas A&M University to play college football under head coach Kevin Sumlin.

College career

Mond entered his freshman year at Texas A&M in 2017 as a backup to Nick Starkel, but took over as the st

arter after Starkel was injured during the first game of the season against the UCLA Bruins. In his first career start, he completed 12-of-21 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Prior to Texas A&M’s first game of the NCAA 2018-2019 season, Jimbo Fisher, who was in his first year as Texas A&M’s head coach, replacing Kevin Sumlin, announced that Kellen Mond would be the starting quarterback for the season opener. Despite an initial feeling that Mond and Nick Starkel would continue to battle for the job after a long competition over the summer, Mond held on to the starting position for the remainder of the season, guiding the Aggies to an 8–4 record and a #19 ranking in the regular season College Football Playoff rankings. The Aggies’ season culminated in a historic 74–72 seven-overtime win over SEC rival Louisiana State University (LSU). This game set several records, including the most points ever scored in a game in the FBS era, and tied a handful of other games for longest college football game of all time with seven overtimes. Mond was named the most valuable player of the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Statistics

Year Team GP Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2017 Texas A&M 10 117 227 51.5 1,375 6.1 8 6 108.8 89 340 3.8 3
2018 Texas A&M 13 238 415 57.3 3,107 7.5 24 9 135.0 149 474 3.2 7
2019 Texas A&M 13 258 419 61.6 2,897 6.9 20 9 131.1 126 501 4.0 8
2020 Texas A&M 10 188 297 63.3 2,282 7.7 19 3 146.9 74 294 4.0 4
Career 46 801 1,358 59.0 9,661 7.1 71 27 132.0 438 1,609 3.7 22