TEXAS, Sporting Alert – Since Texas A&M had an 11-2 season in 2012, they have regressed in back to back seasons. That looks like it is about to change in 2015 with a high-powered offense and an improving defense.
Many casual fans of college football are likely only familiar with Texas A&M during the Johnny Manziel years.
However, this is a big time program that often ranks in the top 10 in talent recruitment.
Defense has been a sore spot with A&M in recent years, but this year should be different. John Chavis has been brought in as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for 2015.
Chavis has long been one of the top defensive minds in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), most recently with LSU. His presence represents a major upgrade for the A&M coaching staff.
Texas A&M has talent on defense, including gifted pass rusher Myles Garrett, who was recently named on the preseason All-SEC team, which was voted by the media during the 2015 SEC Media Days earlier this month.
Many other defensive starters will be returning for the 2015 season as well.
The increased cohesion of this unit along with the introduction of Chavis’s attacking style of defense should result in a big leap forward for the A&M defensive unit.
On the offensive side of the ball, A&M has been a juggernaut for several years. The 2014 squad averaged 35.2 points per game in the first year after the departure of Johnny Manziel.
Young quarterback Kyle Allen, who finished with 1322 yards and threw 16 touchdowns, should improve on his numbers from last season as he will have the starting job out of the gate.
Coupled with the impressive Aggies receiving corps, this should mean big numbers on the scoreboard. Josh Reynolds, Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones are collectively one of the best groups of receivers in the country and this will take a lot of pressure from the rest of the offense.
If the Aggies defense is able to keep up with their offense in 2015, they could be in line for a big season.
Fans should not be shocked if the final standings show Texas A&M as the new power atop the SEC.
The Aggies will get its season underway on 5 September against Arizona State in Houston. Live coverage will be on ESPN at 6:00 PM.
For a complete look at the Texas A&M 2015-16 schedule, take a look on the team’s football fixtures.