Every school faces attrition within a program and A&M is no exception. However, the Aggie defense specifically has had a great deal of bad luck and ‘bad apples’ the past couple years. Through a myriad of different situations, several signees from the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes are no longer on the team. With a large percentage of these players on the defensive side of the ball, it makes you wonder what could have been. Continue reading Attrition Underlines Defensive Woes
The Aggies released their depth chart for the first week and for the most part it is as expected. However, there are a few surprises of note.
- Most noteworthy is at safety. True freshman Armani Watts has impressed in camp and was reportedly pushing senior Floyd Raven for playing time. Well according to this release, he will start in the South Carolina game.
- Victor Davis will start at cornerback in replacement of injured De’Vante Harris. Harris is expected to be out for the next 4-6 weeks with a urinary tract injury.
- Furthermore, Shaan Washington is out for 4-6 weeks due to a broken clavicle and is not listed in the depth chart. Instead, TCU transfer A.J. Hilliard checks in as the starter with Tommy Sanders as his backup.
- Offensively, the starting roles are as expected. With Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Malcome Kennedy locking up starting positions at the end of spring camp, a 4th receiver position was up for grabs. JUCO transfer Josh Reynolds has reportedly put on size over the offseason and has been an elite outside threat during fall camp resulting in him earning the final starting spot.
- The coaches have raved about all 3 running backs this fall, and by all appearances it looks like they plan to utilize all.
Yesterday we began a 2 part series diving into the quarterback position at A&M. If you haven’t see yesterday’s article yet, you can read it here.
The Aggies enter the 2014 season in a rather precarious situation. True sophomore Kenny Hill and true freshman Kyle Allen are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. And while both are very talented and capable of leading the Aggies in the post-Manziel era, the lack of numbers is enough to make any coach cringe. To make matters worse, A&M plays in the vicious SEC West and tees off against two of the top defensive teams from the SEC East. Depth is crucial and Aggies need to hope that the two quarterbacks stay injury free this season.
Continue reading A&M Desperately Needs Depth at QB
Wheel route! Cover the dang wheel route! A&M’s secondary got burned time and time again last season. The unit was gashed to the tune 253 yards per game and 13.18 yards per completion. Out of 123 teams, A&M ranked 95 in passing defense. The inefficiencies were not due to lack of experience. There were 3 juniors and a senior in the starting lineup. The talent was there. Toney Hurd Jr., Howard Matthews, and Deshazor Everett should all land with NFL teams this draft and next. Rather, they simply lacked execution. Cornerbacks and safeties were so focused on the run since the front seven could never make a stop. All it took was a simple play action fake or that dang wheel route and the A&M secondary would find themselves completely out of position to make a play. Continue reading Position Battles: Secondary
A&M is poised to have all new faces at linebacker this season. There is plenty of promise among the prospects, but not returning any significant playing experience will be costly in 2014. There has been much attrition at the position these past two years from both graduations and untimely suspensions. However, it wasn’t always this way. A&M used to boast a strong and experienced linebacker corps and had the likes of Dat Nguyen and Von Miller come through the program. Continue reading Position Battles: Linebacker