Preview 2018: Texas A&M Aggies. The $75 Million Chance On Greatness

Preview 2018: Texas A&M Aggies. The $75 Million Chance On Greatness

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Preview 2018: Texas A&M Aggies. The $75 Million Chance On Greatness

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What You Need To Know About The Texas A&M Offense

– Darrell Dickey still has it. The longtime head coach at North Texas has worked his way around the college football world as an offensive coordinator – doing a great job with Memphis over the last few seasons – and now he gets to handle Jimbo Fisher’s O. With seven starters back from an attack that averaged 409 yards and 33 points per game, the expectations are there for big things right away.

But first, Fisher and Dickey have to decide on a quarterback. Kellen Mond was the tremendous recruit with a world of upside to be the next great Aggie playmaker, and then Nick Starkel turned out to be better.

It’ll be a battle throughout the fall camp with Mond the better runner, Starkel the better passer and the spotlight on to see who can handle all that comes with being Jimbo’s guy. Unfortunately …

– Christian Kirk isn’t around anymore. The leading receiver bolted early and now is an Arizona Cardinal, but Jhamon Ausbon is a big, physical target who can grow into a No. 1 guy, and in all, five of the top seven receivers last season were underclassmen. As long as Cam Buckley can be steady, the loss of Kirk in the slot won’t be as big a deal.

The biggest new thing? The Aggies will use the tight end a whole lot more. Jace Sternberger is an interesting 6-4, 250-pound JUCO transfer who might just be the go-to guy to keep things moving.

– The ground game numbers depends on the quarterback. If there are specific packages for Mond – or if he’s the outright starter – crank the stats up a bit more. No matter who’s under center, the Aggies have a nice situation with Trayveon Williams a 1,000-yard back again with a little more work, and Kendall Bussey a solid veteran.

Paving the way is a line that gets back all five starters, but will move some parts around throughout fall camp. The Aggies struggled to keep defenses out of the backfield and were mediocre in pass protection, but there’s talent in place. Koda Martin was a good veteran left tackle who transferred to Syracuse, but Keaton Sutherland can work at either right tackle or guard – likely the latter – and sophomore Erik McCoy is a good-looking center who’ll end up as a four-year starter.

Biggest Key To The Texas A&M Offense

Besides finding the No. 1 quarterback and sticking with him, it’s all about getting the running game going and keeping it humming. The A&M coaches know how to get the backs rolling, and behind this line and with a veteran back in Williams, there’s no excuse to be so mediocre again.

The Aggies were fantastic over the first half of the season – running for 195 yards or more in four of the first five games – and then the SEC season came down hard. They ran well against South Carolina and Arkansas, but Florida, LSU, and everyone else over the second half of the year were able to live in the backfield and stuff the ground attack. A&M won’t have to run for 200 yards a game to win, but … it needs to run for 200 yards a game on a regular basis.

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