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Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond turned heads by throwing for a career-high 430 yards as the Aggies came just short of knocking off No. 2 Clemson.

Despite his strong performance Mond knows he must improve this week against Louisiana-Monroe before the Aggies begin SEC play at top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 22.

"Still have a lot of work to do with me and a bunch of other positions Rafael Bush Jersey ," he said. "Really looking forward to a new week to get better."

The expectations were high for Mond from the moment he arrived on campus. Some recruiting services named him the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation after a senior season at IMG Academy in Florida, where he threw for 1,936 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for 775 yards and more 18 scores.

He is off to a great start this season after an up-and-down freshman year where he started eight games while Nick Starkel was injured but lost his job late in the season when Starkel returned. His offseason development and growth under new coach Jimbo Fisher helped him beat out Starkel to nab the starting job.

Mond's work has helped the Aggies average 629.5 yards of offense, which ranks third in the nation. The yards he put up against Clemson were the most by an Aggie against a top-five team since Johnny Manziel had 464 in a 49-42 loss to Alabama in 2013.

All his three touchdown passes last week came in the second half, the last one coming on a 14-yard throw to Kendrick Rogers that cut the deficit to 28-26 with 46 seconds left. Mond's 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney raved about what Mond did against his defense, which features two first-team All-Americans on the line and a third who was named to the second team.

"I was really impressed by their quarterback," he said. "When I watched him on tape, I said: 'This kid has a lot of moxie; he's going to be a tough out.' And he was ... he's a heck of a player."

Fisher said his quarterback has plenty of great qualities, but what he likes best is that he's always trying to get better. Each time he came off the field on Saturday he'd talk to the coaches about why he did what he did and why it was right or wrong. He discussed the different looks he was seeing and asked for advice on how to do things better on the next drive.

"His composure and his ability to process information I thought was outstanding as far as how he was seeing things and communicating with us on the sideline," Fisher said.

Mond has become a more vocal leader this season, but Fisher said he's been one of the best leaders on the team since he took over simply because of the way he conducts himself. Mond can often be found at the facility late at night studying film. Fisher said he's consistently one of the hardest workers at practice.

He also shines as an example to other players because of his ability to take coaching Derrius Guice Jersey , even if it's unpleasant.

"He's messing up at practice and (I'll) chew (him) out and be getting on him and riding him and he just says: 'Yes sir, this is how we've got to do it,'" Fisher said. "Not throwing a fit, not getting mad. Taking coaching. Doing the things he's got to do of being an example for them so when it happens to you you need to do it, too."

When Mond is questioned about his work he often deflects such queries with talk about his weapons on offense. He raves about the work of junior running back Trayveon Williams and a young group of receivers led by sophomores Quartney Davis, Rogers and Camron Buckley.

"I think the really good part about this offense is ... just having that trust and that versatility in the offense keeps everybody together knowing that anybody can make a play on any down," Mond said.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has been more cautious than most of his peers in how he has used his starters during the preseason.

The starting offense, save for right guard Jamon Brown, will not play at all in the four exhibition games. The starting defense, save for outside linebacker Samson Ebukam Jerrell Freeman Jersey , made a brief appearance in the third preseason game Saturday.

Whether that approach will cause problems once the season starts remains to be seen. It’s worked out in at least one respect, as McVay said Monday the Rams are on track to be healthy for their season opener at Oakland on Sept. 10. And players have been happy with McVay’s caution, with running back Todd Gurley saying he was living “everyone’s dream” by not playing in the preseason.

McVay seemingly felt so comfortable about the strength of his team that he made an unprompted reference to defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s ongoing holdout.

“We’re right on track with guys like (linebacker) Mark Barron that we have talked about. Everybody else we anticipate that we’re kind of projecting as a starter is ready to go. Obviously, the big question is will 99 (Donald) be a part of that thing or not? But we’re in a good place right now. Certainly we’ve got a lot of work to do in the meantime,” McVay said.

The Rams, who are seeking to defend their first NFC West title since 2003, will continue to hold out starters and key reserves for their preseason finale at New Orleans on Thursday.

McVay put defensive lineman Dominique Easley and outside linebacker Matt Longacre in that group. Easley did not play last season because of a torn ACL in his right knee, and Longacre missed most of training camp because of a biceps injury after undergoing back surgery last season.

Both Easley and Longacre are expected to play major roles this season with the Rams still unsettled on the edge opposite Ekubam in their 3-4 defense. McVay was glad to see both get on the field against Houston because it was a milestone in their recoveries.

“It was good for both those players to get some snaps, and now we’ll implement a program that we feel like is going to be sustainable throughout the course of the season, but we won’t expect to see them this week,” McVay said.

Tight end Gerald Everett Jeff Heath Jersey , who sustained the most notable injury of training camp when he hurt his shoulder, is in line to play against the Raiders. McVay said Everett is running routes again, and the second-year South Alabama product was able to maintain his conditioning despite being in a sling for several weeks.

The only lingering question in terms of health is the status of outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. McVay said the fifth-round pick from Oklahoma is likely to start the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list after sustaining a foot injury during offseason workouts that required surgery. Starting the season with that designation would prevent Okoronkwo from practicing or playing for the first six weeks.

“I would say not anything that he can control, but I think just the way the foot has responded hasn’t been ideal. It doesn’t have anything to do with the way that he has worked,” McVay said.

Without major injury concerns, McVay has been able to focus on how to construct the 53-man roster and the 46-man game day roster. Putting together contingency plans in case of injury during the regular season is also a priority for McVay, whether that comes from the composition of the practice squad or from identifying players that could return as free agents.

“Unfortunately, like we’ve talked about, injuries are an inevitable part of this thing and we’ve always got to have those contingency plans in place, but we feel good about a lot of the spots right now,” McVay said.

While the Rams look to have their starting lineups set Adolphus Washington Jersey , McVay said many of his conversations with general manager Les Snead at this time of year center on players around the league that could be cut by other teams and how they might fit in.

“If they end up hitting the waiver wire, do they give us an upgrade or do we feel good about the spots? And, fortunately, most of the spots and situations and positions that we’re in, we feel good about the guys that we have in our building,” McVay said. “Hopefully we’ll stay healthy and be able to work with those guys.”

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