Texas A&M Aggies Football Preview History
2014 Texas A&M Football Preview:
The Aggies are going into their first SEC season without the best quarterback in the country, and while it’ll be a tough mountain to climb for Texas A&M, they’ll need to make that jump to continue to hang with the elite of the conference. The Aggies went 9-4 and won the Chick-fil-A Bowl in dramatic fashion in 2013, but it was almost all offense that carried them to those 9 wins. The defense will need to step up and be on the same level as the rest of the conference in 2014 if the Aggies are to compete in the vaunted SEC and beat the biggest and best as they did with Manziel. Kenny Hill will likely take over for the Heisman winner, and head coach Kevin Sumlin has high hopes for him. While the Aggies also lost Mike Evans, they do return Malcome Kennedy and Ricky Seals-Jones, and both should be two big targets for Hill down the field. Tra Carson should take over a lot of the touches that went to Ben Malena, so it will be key for him to also get going early in the season. Texas A&M will start the season at South Carolina on Aug. 28 before heading home to Kyle Field to play Lamar the next week. The Aggies are also playing big home games against Ole Miss on Oct. 11 and against LSU on Nov. 27. The key road games of the season include at Alabama on Oct. 18 and at Auburn on Nov. 8.
2011 Texas A&M Football Preview:
Even though their name has been swirling around the rumor mill regarding a move to the SEC, the Aggies’ minds are strictly look at taking the Big 12 crown this year. This is Mike Sherman’s fourth year with the team, and with a roster full of “his players” TA&M looks to be on the cusp of something big.
Last year ended on a sour note, losing to possible fellow conference cum LSU in the Cotton Bowl. But before that the Ags had a 9-3 record capped off with a six-game winning streak to end the season. A lot of that had to do with the switch to senior Ryan Tannehill at QB from the incumbent Jerrod Johnson. Tannehill comes into camp as the number one guy, and behind him might be the best RB duo in the land in Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray, who was an honorable mention All-Big 12 member.
On the defensive side of the ball, the focus will be again to stop the run. Seniors Jonathan Mathis and Tony Jerod-Eddie will combine to provide the much improved interior strength that rocketed A&M’s rushing stats in 2010. They’ll have to, since the linebackers, which were a big part of that ascension, are now in the NFL, including the number two overall pick Von Miller. Senior Garrick Williams and junior Sean Porter will look to replace the irreplaceable, and if they have a fraction of the impact of Miller, the Aggies will look forward to the next chapter of their rise in whichever conference they will play in.
2010 Texas A&M Football Preview:
It's been over a decade since Texas A&M legitimately competed for a Big 12 title and, despite an appearance in the Independence Bowl last season, the Aggies finished with a disappointing 6-7 record. However, thanks to a potential All-American under center, coach Mike Sherman can potential make a push for a BCS bowl berth.
The offense was one of the highlights of a mediocre Texas A&M team a year ago. Senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson paced an attack that ranked fifth in the nation in yards per game. Johnson has a great arm and a wealth of talented receivers to throw to in junior Jeff Fuller and sophomore Uzoma Nwachukwu. A lot is expected of running back Christine Michael, who was the Big 12 Offensive Rookie of the Year last year.
The success of the Aggies' season rests in the ability of the defense to improve on last season's dismal showing - which landed them last in the conference in every major category. Senior linebacker Von Miller will be the anchor, as he lead the nation in sacks a year ago.
Texas A&M is frequently overshadowed by other Texas schools in the college football world, but with a relatively easy non-conference schedule, the Aggies may be able lay claim to football superiority in the Lone Star State.
2009 Texas A&M Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mike Sherman
Head Coach Mike Sherman returns for his second season in Aggieland looking to improve on the 2008 campaign. For 2009 to be a banner year for the Texas A&M Aggies they will need to solidify the play along their lines and get their defense back to playing Wrecking Crew style football. A&M has the talent to compete with anyone, but they happen to be situated in one of the toughest divisions in football. The Big 12 South is a murders row with Oklahoma, Okie State, Texas and Texas Tech. But if Sherman can get the Aggies playing good ball, watch out for Texas A&M in 2009.
2008 Texas A&M Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mike Sherman
The Texas A&M Aggies football program finds itself at a crossroads this season. After the resignation of head coach Dennis Franchione and the hiring of Houston Texans offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, the Aggies will look to put themselves back on the map in the Big 12 and once again compete for national glory. Kyle Field is considered one of the most intimidating venues in America and this season will be no exception as the student body acts as the team's 12th Man and tries to push A&M back to their role as a football powerhouse.
The Texas A&M Aggies are looking to new head coach, Mike Sherman, to turn the team around from last season. After plenty of controversy surrounding the 2007 team's former head coach, Dennis Franchione, the team is needs to unify under the control of Sherman, former head coach for the Green bay Packers. The Aggies, a traditionally powerful team in the Big 12, is looking to make up some ground in the conference from as far back as 2003, when Franchione signed with A&M and the team started losing more games.
This season the Aggies will really have to step up their passing game if they want to get the edge on offense. The team is notoriously dangerous on the ground, and their running game should not be easy to stop. With several new recruits, the team will be young and fresh, and expect to find some new talent filling the roster. Make sure to catch the Aggies when they play Texas on November 27 - the rivalry and game experience is unlike any other.