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Texas A&M Aggies 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 5
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 105

Led by one of the best quarterbacks in the country, the Texas A&M Aggies are expecting big things in 2010. A subpar defense held the team back for only six wins in 2009. But with a new defensive scheme and offensive firepower returning, this could be the year A&M makes a big splash.

Senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson was simply brilliant last year. He threw for 3,579 yards, 30 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Only one QB in the nation threw more passes and had less interceptions than him. Being that this is his final season, the window of opportunity for the Aggies is closing.

Texas A&M Aggies Dancers

Also returning are almost all of Johnson’s top targets. Leading receiver (and backup quarterback) Ryan Tannehill, speedy Uzoma Nwachukwu and Jeff Fuller all return to give Johnson a deep group of pass catchers. The top two running backs, Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray, also return after rushing for 1,700 yards at 5.0 yards per carry. The offensive line is the only area of concern, with three new starters. Freshman Luke Joeckel, a prized recruit, has won the starting the left tackle spot.

The Aggies’ defense will switch to a 3-4 system to help a unit that allowed 33.5 points per game in 2009. Outside linebacker/defensive end Von Miller led the nation with 17 sacks and will continue to wreak havoc in this scheme. His fellow linebackers, Sean Porter, Garrick Williams and Michael Hodges, all get better because of his dominant play. The defensive line is not very deep, but nose tackle Lucas Patterson is a hard working player who can control the middle. The secondary returns three starters, including leading tackler safety Trent Hunter.

Texas A&M surely has the talent on offense to make a serious run at a BCS Bowl, but the jury is still out on the defense. If the team can find a way to keep opponents out of the end zone, the Aggies may be this year’s Cinderella story.

Texas A&M’s odds to win the Big 12: + 1800

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