Sunday, August 15, 2010
Big 12 2010-Texas A&M Aggies
2009 Record: 6-7 (3-5)
Head Coach: Mike Sherman (3rd season, 10-15)
Offensive Coordinator: Sherman
Defensive Coordinator: Tim DeRuyter (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: Independence Bowl, lost to Georgia 44-20
Offense: Jerrod Johnson is the most prolific passer in school history. A&M managed to finish 16th nationally in passing while riding his arm. There is support in the running game with Christine (not a woman) Michael and Cyrus Gray sharing the load. WR Jeff Fuller returns after missing half of last season. He still managed 568 yards and 7 scores on half of a slate. There is a huge amount of depth at WR, so Johnson will have no shortage of targets to toss the ball to. The line has some rebuilding going on as only the guards return from a year ago. Johnson had better put on some scrambling shoes, as we all saw what a rebuilding line did to Sam Bradford last season.
Defense: OLB Von Miller led the nation with 17 sacks last season, and is back to lead a revamped defense led by first year DC DeRuyter. 2 of three starters return on the line, but there is very little depth, so one injury could be nasty. Michael Hodges and Garrick Williams both return to join Miller at LB. Dustin Harris and Terrence Frederick will return as the corners, but they hardly shut anyone down a season ago as the Aggies finished 106th against the pass. Trent Hunter returns at SS, but the FS spot is wide open.
Special Teams: Randy Bullock is an average PK, and the punting job is wide open after the Aggies finished near the bottom of the conference in that category. Sophomore Ryan Epperson has a beat on the job heading into fall.
Wins: 9/4 Stephen F. Austin, 9/11 Louisiana Tech, 9/18 Florida International, 10/23 @ Kansas, 11/13 @ Baylor
Toss Up Games: 9/30 @ Oklahoma State, 10/16 Missouri, 10/30 Texas Tech
Losses: 10/9 Arkansas (@ Arlington), 11/6 Oklahoma, 11/20 Nebraska, 11/25 @ Texas
Who the hell is their scheduler? Nebraska and Texas 5 days apart is a death wish. A&M could very well be in a spot where they would need a win or two at that time of year to get into a bowl, and that will be the deal killer. Other than Arkansas, the non-conference slate is a farce. The Aggies are screwed in not only playing Nebraska and Texas, but Oklahoma as well as part of their divisional schedule package.
Outlook: It's very foggy right now. The offense is talented and deep, but other than a couple of very nice parts, the defense is suspect and thin. The Aggies look likely to nail down 6 wins again, but will that be enough to keep the heat off of Mike Sherman?