Texas A&M is one of my favorite Big 12 schools to watch. Maybe its because their band could serve as a militia group and be mobilized for combat in less than 24 hours. Perhaps it’s their tradition and yells or maybe it could be because they helped OU win the Big 12 championship in 2006 by knocking off
There is no doubt that Texas A&M has fallen on hard times recently but under first year head coach Mike Sherman the Aggies are seeing a glimmer of hope. I was able to visit with a
After losing three games in a row the Aggies have now won back-to-back games. Have they improved or are they benefactors of playing the lower tier teams from the north?
The one gratifying thing about this season is that we have improved game-by-game. Every time we're going out on the field, we're getting better, and when you're losing games like we have been, you need something to hang your hat on to stay positive, and we've been able to see improvement game-by-game.
Our recent success is not due to playing mediocre competition, however. You will remember that we played
We're still learning to win, and the first part of learning to win is eliminating the things that cause you to lose, like turnovers. In our win over
The Jerrod Johnson era appears to have begun in
Strengths: strong arm, sees the field well, accurate passer (63% completion percentage) has the mobility to move in the pocket (very important since our offensive line is injury-riddled and spotty, at best, in blocking), has some size, so he can be difficult to tackle
Weaknesses: only started 7 games, has a bad habit of not always protecting the ball when running, so can be somewhat susceptible to being stripped
Well, I would argue that we ceased to be the Wrecking Crew the minute Dennis Franchione arrived on campus. Whenever someone asks me what happened to A&M's defense, I ask them when we've had a good defense in the last 5 seasons (Fran's whole tenure)?
In a nutshell, we traded the speed that was the trademark of the Wrecking Crew for strength, which means while we're bigger, we're slower at getting to the point of attack, so we often arrive at the spot to stop the play a second too late, which means we give up a lot of big plays. This season, Joe Kines is working with a lot of the players Fran left him with, players who work hard but just aren't very fast.
We have a youth movement going on defense (see safety Trent Hunter), but it will be at least another season before we get the speed we need on the field on defense.
As for how to stop
Mike Sherman seems to almost be in the same mold as Dennis Franchione to me. Tell me why I’m wrong.
I don't think you could be more wrong in comparing the two coaches.
Two weeks ago, before the Texas Tech game,
One of the biggest differences between Fran and Sherman is the play of the team. Under Fran in 2003, his first season, we started out bad and got worse as the season went on. We never improved as a team, and a big reason for that was because Fran was adamant about redshirting most of his freshman class, and started walk-ons at key positions when injuries mounted. Fran was willing to throw away his first season, and the players never bought in to his program. As a result, we had a split team, no chemistry, and a 4-8 record that was a lot uglier than it looks.
Also, one of the biggest complaints fans had about Franchione was the lack of halftime adjustments we would make during games. It often seemed that we had a game plan, and we were sticking with it, come hell or high water. With
The best game day atmosphere in the nation, bar none. We have one of the loudest student bodies in the nation because they are constantly yelling and supporting the team all game long. Aggie fans are incredibly friendly and incredibly passionate about our football team. We take pride in being welcoming to visitors on game day, having them tailgate and have a good time with us in pre-game, yelling loudly for our team all game long, and then welcome them back to the tailgate for post game libations.
Any person visiting Kyle Field has to watch the students in between plays, just to watch them do yells, because it is quite a sight.
I would also advise a visitor to remain in their seat during halftime, so they can watch the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. Our game this Saturday is the final home game for the year, so it should be a terrific show as they send off the seniors in the Band
If the Aggies win, stay to watch the Corps freshmen carry off the Yell Leaders, and follow them to watch them be dunked in Fish Pond, and then go to the