Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Texas A&M Aggies season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Texas A&M Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in SEC
Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher, 2nd year, 9-4
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEXAS A&M OFFENSE
– The offense worked. It finished 15th in the nation averaging 471.6 yards and 36 points per game, with good balance and enough efficiency to keep everything moving. It was explosive and dangerous, but remember, 74 points came in the win gajillion-overtime win over LSU. The O failed to get to 27 points in seven games, and lost four of them. To be fair Clemson and Alabama were part of those losses, but Clemson and Alabama are part of the fun this year, too.
– Leading rusher Trayveon Williams, star TE Jace Sternberger and anchor C Erik McCoy left early for the NFL, and backup quarterback Nick Starkel wanted to be an Arkansas Razorback. Other than that, it’s pretty much all good among the returning starters.
The key is keeping Kellen Mond in one piece. The junior quarterback needed to be a bit more accurate after competing just 57% of his throws, but he kept the massive mistakes to a minimum, and he showed the upside to potentially go from being good to next-level special. However, the backup situation is an issue, hoping for true freshman Zach Calzada or sophomore Connor Blumrick to be ready for the In Case Of Emergency Break Glass moment.
– The receiving corps is very big, and potentially very amazing. Sternberger led the team in receptions, but 6-2, 200-pound Quartney Davis is back after finishing second in catches. 6-2 Camron Buckley returns, and so does 6-2 Jhamon Ausbon. In all, the top six wideouts all return, and there’s a whole lot more talent on the way from the recruiting class. There isn’t another Sternberger at tight end, but the wideouts will pick up the slack while the Aggies use a rotation at the position.
– Mond helped the cause on the ground, finishing second on the team with 474 yards and seven scores. Now the young backs have to step up with the 1,760 yards and 18 scores from Williams gone. Jashaun Corbin is a star waiting to bust out, and now the sophomore will get his shot after finishing third on the team with 346 yards. It’ll take fall camp to find the right No. 2, but UCF transfer Cordarrian Richardson is an interesting 246-pound thumper of an option.
The skill guys are in place, but …
– The line needs to be better. It was good for the ground game, but it got hit for way too many plays behind the line and was a polite rumor too often in pass protection. McCoy might be gone, but the left side is set, Carson Green is fine at right tackle, and McCoy’s understudy – junior Ryan McCollum – is about to slide right in. As is, the line should be in for a stronger season, and then throw in super-recruit Kenyon Green to the mix – he might be the line’s most talented player the moment he steps off the bus.