Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) participates in drills at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings activate QB Kellen Mond from COVID-19 list

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Kellen Mond was activated from the COVID/reserve list on Tuesday.

Mond was away from the team facility for the past 10 days and had only three training camp practices under his belt before testing positive for COVID-19.

Mond and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, who missed four practices as a close contact, are among five quarterbacks in camp with the Vikings.

Head coach Mike Zimmer lamented the decision by multiple quarterbacks on the roster to not be vaccinated, to which Cousins stated the solution was to avoid close contacts going forward.

Among Cousins’ suggestions for staying healthy — outdoor position meetings and plexiglass around his seat in team meetings.

Mond entered the NFL draft with a year of eligibility remaining and was the 66th overall pick in April.

–Field Level Media

Jan 30, 2021; Mobile, AL, USA; National quarterback Feleipe Franks of Arkansas (8) throws in the first half of the 2021 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Feleipe Franks helps National team win Senior Bowl

Feleipe Franks of Arkansas passed for 122 yards and a touchdown Saturday to help the National team beat the American squad 27-24 in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Franks’ 21-yard touchdown pass to Ole Miss tight end Kenny Yeboah gave the National team a 27-16 lead with 11:57 left in the game. Franks completed 9 of 16 passes.

American quarterback Kellen Mond of Texas A&M completed 13 of 25 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns and was named MVP of the contest that featured NFL draft prospects. Mond received increased playing time since Alabama’s Mac Jones was unavailable due to an ankle injury sustained in Thursday’s practice.

Jamie Newman, who played for Wake Forest before transferring to Georgia and then opting out of the 2020 season, was 10-of-14 passing for 118 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the American squad.

Two other quarterbacks saw action for the National team: Ian Book (Notre Dame) was 5-of-11 passing for 48 yards and one interception, and Sam Ehlinger (Texas) completed 4 of 10 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

The National’s Michael Carter (North Carolina) had a game-high 60 rushing yards and one touchdown on eight carries. Dez Fitzpatrick (Louisville) caught six passes for 90 yards for the National team and was named Offensive Player of the Game.

Tulane defensive end Cameron Sample (American) was named Defensive Player of the Game after he recorded seven tackles and a half-sack.

The National squad led 13-0 at halftime before Mond guided two third-quarter touchdown drives as the American team took a 16-13 lead. But then, with 44 seconds left in the quarter, Carter scored on a 12-yard run to put the National team ahead to stay.

The National team was coached by Brian Flores and the rest of the Miami Dolphins’ staff. Matt Rhule and the Carolina Panthers’ staff coached the American squad.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond (11) warms up prior to the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

QB Kellen Mond leaving Texas A&M for NFL

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is entering the 2021 NFL Draft.

Mond said Thursday that discussions with family helped him decide he was ready to play professionally.

“I’m looking forward to the new chapter in my life and have the 12th Man behind me every step of the way,” Mond said in a statement released by Texas A&M and posted to Twitter.

Mond, a redshirt senior, will graduate this year. He returned to Texas A&M for 2020 with a stated goal to “improve myself.”

Mond had 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2019 and spent down time during the COVID-19 pandemic “watching every single play I ran my junior year.”

In 2020, Mond had 19 touchdowns and three interceptions.

He leaves as the school’s all-time leader in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts.

–Field Level Media