It’s depth chart day! Texas A&M just released their first edition of the 2016 season, and we are that much closer to football. Let’s take a look.
For the first time since 2013, the quarterback position was settled going into the summer. Trevor Knight, one of several impact transfers, will have a chance to repeat some of that Sugar Bowl magic from his time at Oklahoma.
Keith Ford, another heralded transfer from Oklahoma, has gone through the offseason as the presumed starter. However, minor injuries during fall camp have paved the way for junior James White and true freshman Trayveon Williams to work their way up the depth chart.
The offensive line has been in a state of constant flux since fall camp began. Both Colton Prater and Ryan McCollum have gotten work at starting left guard lately. Also, Eluemunor recently slid over from right guard and is now working at right tackle. With 9 days left until first game, expect to see more movement as Jim Turner tries to find his nickel.
The most interesting development on the wide receiver front is the absence of Speedy Noil. The junior faces a one game suspension against UCLA, which is likely the reason he is not listed. But if we look down at the specialists, he is still on the kick return group. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Nothing too noteworthy along the defensive line. Garrett and Hall lead the way at end with a rotation of Henderson, Keke, Walker, and Mack in the interior. I was surprised to see Hardreck Walker listed above Daylon Mack, but that should be encouraging given how much of an impact player Mack is.
With the news of Josh Walker and his indefinite suspension, there has likely been some last minute shuffling at linebacker. Shaan Washington, Otaro Alaka, and Richard Moore are your starters. However, A&M will likely be running several 4-2-5 looks this season. As Chavis put it, “the third linebacker better be pretty damn good to get Donovan Wilson off the field.”
The Aggies boast incredible experience at safety with the best trio in the nation, but they are starting two newcomers at cornerback. Nick Harvey and UCLA transfer Priest Willis are your starters. Should be fun watching Willis match up against his former teammates in the first game. Also, while A&M has incredible talent at safety in Watts, Evans, and Wilson, they lost some crucial depth with Justin Dunning’s season ending injury.
A&M graduated two of the best specialists that have ever worn an Aggie jersey in Taylor Bertolet and Drew Kaser. Now with both starting in the NFL, the Aggies will look to a couple very talented, albeit unproven replacements. Sophomore Daniel LaCamera will get his chance at kicking duties. Meanwhile junior Shane Tripucka has impressed in camp and should fill Drew Kaser’s old spot seamlessly.