2012 Texas A&M Aggies Football Preview
2011 Record: 7-6 (4-5 Big 12)
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin, first season (35-17 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 16
Spring Game: April 28th (White 48 Maroon 44)
Notes: Texas A&M’s run in the Big 12 is now over. The Aggies joined in 1996 when the conference was formed. College football personalities will bemoan the loss of the Aggies to the SEC as ruining the rivalry with Texas. They forget that the conference was a fairly recent creation. They also forget that Texas could easily have canceled a non-conference game to make way to continue the Lone Star Showdown, but refused to do so. Texas A&M parted ways with Mike Sherman at the end of the 2011 season, after the season was largely considered a disappointment. The Aggies finished the regular season at 6-6 and were among the worst in all of FBS in total defense and pass defense. Kevin Sumlin, Case Keenum’s coach at Houston, will begin his first season with the Aggies.
BVTSB Take: Texas A&M’s secondary was absolutely victimized last season. Sherman, an offensive minded coach, ultimately took the fall. What’s really surprising is, his defensive coordinator, Tim DeRuyter, is now the head coach at Fresno State, despite the atrocious performance. Despite the overall disappointing season, the Aggies put quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the NFL, as a first round pick. Tannehill was a convert from a receiver position, playing quarterback first at the college level. He will be reunited with Sherman in Miami. The Aggies also lose leading rusher Cyrus Gray, but return Christine Michael, the second leading rusher for A&M. Two of the three leading rushers for the Aggies, Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu, return. They combined for over 180 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. Texas A&M has a manageable non-conference schedule, playing Louisiana Tech, SMU, South Carolina State, and Sam Houston State, the latter two which are FCS opponents. Because they are playing two FCS teams, and only one can count towards bowl eligibility, the Aggies will need to get to seven wins, if they beat both FCS teams. The SEC West is tough, especially without a veteran quarterback. The Aggies have the capability of making the post-season, but my initial thought it they will come up just short.
2012 Early Projection: 6-6
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