College Football Preview: The 2014 Texas A&M Aggies
2014 College Football Preview
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Overview: The Texas A&M Aggies didn’t exactly have the season they were hoping for last season, finishing 9-4 and nearly losing to Duke in a bowl game. It was a disappointing season given the talent on the team and what they just did in 2012 by competing for an SEC title and winning double-digit games for the first time since 1998. Fans in College Station now have bigger expectations than before and are really hoping Kevin Sumlin and his staff can fulfill those expectations this season.
Offense: There isn’t anybody who is going to replace what Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans did. One of the best quarterback and wide receiver tandems the sport has seen in a while is no longer around, leaving a massive hole in this offense. However, running back Trey Williams is an explosive threat who is sure to break off many big runs and keep the quick-striking Aggies offense alive. Tra Carson is a former Oregon player who is also going to shine in this offense. At quarterback, it remains a battle between Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen, both inexperienced players who will have to grow up quickly. There’s talent on this offense, it’s just all young and filled with question marks.
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Defense: Texas A&M’s defense has nowhere to go but up after finishing dead last in the SEC by allowing 475 yards per game. The defense couldn’t stop anybody from moving the chains and finding the endzone. Still, the Aggies have a shutdown corner to build around in Deshazor Everett, and a young defensive line loaded with potential which is led by Myles Garrett. De’Vante Harris is also a great defender who can help take this unit to the next level. Until we see this defense drastically improve, it’s tough to expect anything, but overall the players are there for there to be an improvement.
Special Teams: Drew Kaser is one of the best punters in the SEC and Josh Lambo returns after making 80 percent his kicks last season. No worries here.
Outlook: It’s going to be another tough season for Texas A&M in the toughest division in college football and no Manziel leading the way. However, the Aggies still have one of the best home field advantages and enough playmakers on both sides of the ball to surprise some people. Don’t expect an SEC title and I’m not sure the crazy national championship odds hold any value, however, this team will remain competitive and probably win a couple of games you didn’t expect.