Looking ahead after Aggies' scrimmage 

August, 20, 2012
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The two-a-days portion of Texas A&M’s fall training camp wrapped up last week with the Aggies having three two-a-days and nine practices in all last week, concluding with Saturday’s open-to-the-public scrimmage. Now the players will hone in on game preparations for Louisiana Tech, the Aggies’ season-opening opponent on Aug. 30 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.

Here are some things that stood out from Saturday's scrimmage and what they could mean moving forward:

• Improvement on defense: In the Aggies’ previous open scrimmage, the offense moved the ball consistently on the defense. The Texas A&M defense slowed it down on Saturday and coach Kevin Sumlin said he saw improvement both in the defensive line and in the linebacker play. The unit also did a good job of mixing things up and keeping the offense off-balance. Those characteristics appear to be a sign of things to come for the defense this year, which will have to battle depth issues along the defensive line while playing a base 4-3 alignment after spending the last two seasons in the 3-4.

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