Good news, college football fans. We’re officially less than 100 days away from the first Saturday of the season.
To mark the occasion, we on the SEC blog will take a look at where all the conference teams stand right now.
Up next is Texas A&M.
What we learned on offense: A lot is new in College Station. Former UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is in town and he's brought more of a hurry-up approach to the Aggies' spread offense. The hope is that by going faster, all that speed the Aggies have at receiver and even at running back can be better utilized. Trevor Knight transferred in from Oklahoma and won the job at quarterback, which gives Kevin Sumlin his most experienced first-year starter behind center during his time at A&M. The Aggies are going to try and tire out defenses with their tempo, and Knight is someone who can beat defenses with his feet and arm. Jim Turner is back to coach the offensive line and remember that he helped develop the likes of Jake Matthews, Luke Joeckel and Cedric Ogbuehi during his earlier stint with the Aggies.
What we learned on defense: The defense certainly improved during John Chavis' first year with the Aggies in 2015, and he has a heck of a front seven coming back. The defensive line could be the strongest part of this team in 2016. The end tandem of Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall should yet again be ferocious, and there's a lot of athleticism in the Aggies' three-man rotation inside, which really impressed this spring. While A&M's staff would like to have more depth at linebacker, if Otaro Alaka and Shaan Washington can stay healthy, they'll provide this unit with a strong, experienced base. The Aggies have to replace both starting corners, but have a very solid group of safeties to head this secondary.
Breakout player: Just look at A&M's offensive line. That doesn't exactly get you excited, but the Aggies could have a real breakout star in tackle Koda Martin. He's the favorite to replace the departed Germain Ifedi at right tackle. The 6-6, 305-pound tackle is incredibly athletic and actually played defensive end and tight end in high school. He also played some tight end for A&M last season. Martin really impressed his coaches this spring and getting someone who is agile and light on his feet on the outside of the line will be a big plus for a unit that has to replace three starters.
Key storyline: What's the atmosphere inside this locker room? Drama has surrounded this program for some time and losing two starting quarterbacks after the 2015 season wasn't good. Neither was an assistant blasting a recruit on Twitter. There's just been too many distractions around this team, and it makes you wonder who's really in charge there. Plus, it's no secret that there's a little bit of heat surrounding Sumlin, who has had back-to-back subpar seasons. This is a very crucial season for this program. How will the Aggies react to any adversity that comes their way this fall?