Thursday, September 20, 2012
Five storylines: Texas A&M vs. SCSU
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M returns home to host FCS opponent South Carolina State at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Kyle Field. The Aggies (1-1) are coming off their first win of the season, which came at SMU last week. Let's take a look at five storylines for the Aggies as their next game approaches:
1. Consistent approach The Aggies are facing an opponent that is on a different level and won't be able to match them in terms of talent or depth. But coach Kevin Sumlin said that the Aggies are in no position to take anyone lightly or change their approach. If the Aggies approach this game like they have the last two, it should be over in a hurry. Last week, the Aggies took a quarter to get on track offensively against SMU. Offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said the unit's main objective is to start quickly (like it did against Florida). So that will be something the Aggies look to accomplish this week.
2. The continued success of Damontre Moore Through two games, the junior defensive end has five sacks. Consistency has been the buzzword for Moore, both from his own mouth and that of Sumlin's. After two good games, Sumlin would love to see Moore continue to do what he has been doing, and if he can, that would give the talented 6-foot-4, 250-pounder plenty of confidence heading into the rest of the SEC schedule.
3. Youth movement Plenty of young players are making impacts quickly, among them: quarterback Johnny Manziel, running back Trey Williams, receiver Mike Evans, defensive end Julien Obioha, cornerbacks De'Vante Harris and Tramain Jacobs and safety Deshazor Everett. Regardless of the opponent, this is another chance for those players to get more live game action under their belts and get better. Also, if the Aggies get a big lead as expected, several reserves should see extensive action, including more true freshmen.
4. Getting the running game going Junior offensive tackle Luke Joeckel said that despite the dominant win over SMU, there is plenty for his team -- and his unit specifically -- to work on. The team didn't run the ball (outside of Manziel) with great success against the Mustangs, and that's something they can work on improving this week.
5. Michael, Campbell return Senior running back Christine Michael and senior safety Steven Campbell return to action after sitting out the SMU game (one-game suspensions for violation of team rules, according to Sumlin). Sumlin did not indicate whether either would start the game, so that's worth keeping an eye on.