Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel announces transfer to Arkansas

Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel will graduate transfer to Arkansas for his last two seasons of eligibility. He will be immediately eligible. Starkel announced the news on his personal Twitter account. 

The decision pairs Starkel with former Texas high school football coach Chad Morris at Arkansas. Morris took the job in Fayetteville, Ark., after stints at Lake Travis, Stephenville and SMU. 

Morris also helped develop Tajh Boyd and Deshaun Watson into superstar quarterbacks during his time as offensive coordinator at Clemson. Starkel will hope Morris to accomplish the same with him. 

Starkel is the second former Texas high school and college quarterback Morris added as a graduate transfer this offseason. Former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks, who played under Morris previously, also joined the Razorbacks after the season. However, primary 2018 starters Ty Storey and Cole Kelley both transferred from Arkansas as well. 

Starkel split time with Kellen Mond as a redshirt freshman. In seven games, Starkel completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,793 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. That includes a pair of 400-yard games against Wake Forest and New Mexico. However, Mond won the starting job when Jimbo Fisher took over the program before the 2018 season, and Starkel rarely saw the field after that. 

The Argyle Liberty Christian product will be tasked with fixing what was a dreadful quarterback room in Morris' first season. Kelley and Storey combined for a paltry 2,039 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in what is supposed to be a quarterback-friendly system. Starkel and Hicks will immediately provide a boost to the worst quarterback unit in the SEC. 

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