Coach Kevin Sumlin and his Texas A&M football team opens fall camp next Monday, and here’s a look at the Aggies’ biggest positives and negatives on both sides of the ball going into camp.
Biggest positive: The sheer number of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball for Texas A&M is scary. Having athletes the caliber of Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds, Keith Ford, Ricky Seals-Jones and so on means you always have a chance to stay in a game. At that point, it comes down to coaching. And while we have yet to see what this revamped offensive staff will do, you have to like their chances when they have that many playmakers.
Biggest negative: Texas A&M fans have come to expect great offensive line play. Chances are, they’ll be disappointed at some point in the season. The simple truth is that there just isn’t much experience on the line, with only one proven player – potential all-league tackle Avery Gennesy – returning. In a season in which A&M figures to need to be able to run the ball effectively, the pressure will be on the line to overcome a lack of depth and experience.
Biggest positive: In John Chavis’ wildest dreams (which would infer that he sleeps), he couldn’t have seen this defensive line as a whole. There is all-world speed on the edges with Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall, and tanks in the middle who still are growing into his system. The depth and amount of talent up front should give A&M the chance to lock down the run and get it headed back to its roots as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense defense.
Biggest negative: Hey, Aggies fans, say it with me – “linebacker.” Sure, there is promise at the position, but that has been the case for the past few seasons. What A&M needs is for a middle linebacker to step up and take command; coaches do not care who it is and fans won’t, either. Until the running lanes are filled and the defense is lined up properly, the “what ifs?” at the end of the season likely will revolve around the same thing they have since 2013. It is the linebackers’ job to fix that.
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