For the second time this offseason, Chad Morris has added a graduate transfer at the quarterback position.
In mid-January, it was confirmed that Ben Hicks, a three-year starter at SMU, would be transferring to Arkansas. A little less than two months later, Nick Starkel took to Twitter to announce that he too will be transferring to Arkansas. The announcement comes very shortly on the heels of an official visit to Fayetteville.
Starkel was the Aggies’ starter to open the 2017 season, but suffered a broken ankle in that game that sidelined him for nearly two months. It turned out to not be a season-ending injury as Starkel returned to start the last four games of Kevin Sumlin‘s final season in College Station, a late-season stint that included a career-high 499-yard effort in a Belk Bowl loss to Wake Forest.
Entering the 2018 offseason as the incumbent, but with a new head coach in Jimbo Fisher in place, Starkel lost the starting job to Kellen Mond and played in just five games this past season — the first four of 2018 plus the bowl game. In those appearances, the redshirt sophomore completed 15-of-22 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.
The A&M portion of his playing career will end with the Texas native having totaled 1,962 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions on 138–of-227 passing.
Starkel will graduate from A&M this June, which would allow him to use the first of his two remaining years of eligibility immediately in 2019. How Starkel’s addition will sit with Hicks, who played for Morris at SMU, is a dynamic that will unfold over the coming months.