For the first time in three years, Texas A&M ended spring drills with a spring game, and about 28,000 fans saw a lot of points Saturday at Kyle Field.
It was the first time Aggies fans got to see new coordinator Noel Mazzone’s offense, and they saw the offense (Maroon) take down the defense (White) 42-38.
The offense scored points in a “normal” fashion. The defense scored in the following manner: one point for a three-and-out, two points for a sack, three points for a missed field goal or turnover, three points for a fourth-down stop and six points for a fourth-down stop. The defense had six sacks, 14 total tackles for losses, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The offense also missed three field goals.
Graduate transfer Trevor Knight threw for 282 yards and two TDs, and led the Maroon on five of its six touchdown drives. He also scored on a 2-yard run.
5 OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SATURDAY’S GAME
1. The QB job may not be settled, but Knight stated his case. Knight, the graduate transfer from Oklahoma, had a big night, and outshined holdover Jake Hubenak, who suffered from flu-like symptoms and didn’t play much – or all that well. Hubenak was listed atop the depth chart handed out to the media before the game, but Knight took the first snap. Sumlin told reporters afterward that he wasn’t sure who would be the starter. But Knight was solid throughout spring and looked good Saturday.
2. The running game may have some juice. Tra Carson basically was the entire rushing attack last season, but he’s gone. Keith Ford, who sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma, missed the spring game with a minor injury, but he should start. Speedy true freshman Trayveon Williams – who enrolled in January – looked impressive at times Saturday night. He showed his big-play ability on a 29-yard screen pass in which he carried a defender for a few yards. Kwami Etwi, James White and Kendall Bussey all ran hard Saturday. In addition, Mazzone has shown throughout his career that when he has a quarterback who can run, that quarterback is effective on the ground. And Knight can run. The Aggies’ run game could actually be a big positive this fall.
3. DEs Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall are quite the duo. Sumlin singled out the play of Garrett and Hall, and it’s likely that coordinator John Chavis already has devised a few new line stunts for this season in an attempt to get both of those guys in mismatches. They combined for 19.5 sacks and 34 tackles for loss last season. Hmm – adding six to both totals for this season is a legit goal.
4. Actually, the defensive line as a whole could be quite good. Yes, a lot of points were scored. But part of that is that spring games are geared toward solid offensive showings. The defensive line got pressure when it mattered, and Chavis has some talent to work with outside of Garrett and Hall, most notably tackle Daylon Mack, who was credited with a sack and has all-league potential.
5. There is a lot of talent at wide receiver. Everybody who follows SEC football knows that, but the talent at wide receiver still stood out Saturday. This looks like the deepest receiving corps in the league.
(Feature photo COURTESY TEXAS A&M ATHLETICS)
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