2009 Texas A&M Aggies Football Preview
2009 Texas A&M Aggies season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Texas A&M Aggies football preview as well as the 2009 Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule. If you dont know how to beat the odds, give Maddux's winning NCAA picks a shot.
Coach: Mike Sherman (2nd year at Texas A&M)
Team Name: Aggies
2008 Overall Record: 4-8
Returning Starters: 16
From 2004 through 2007, the Texas A&M Aggies (4- 8 overall, 2- 6 Big 12) have been to three bowl games, losing every one. Their last appearance was against Penn State in the 2007 Alamo Bowl, where they were defeated 17- 24. In 2006, the Aggies were ranked 21st nationally. That’s the last time they finished a season rated in the top 25. This year, Texas A&M will once again finish out of the running.
The Aggies will be led by junior QB Jerrod Johnson (326 ATT, 194 COMP, 2,435 YDs, 21 TDs, 10 INTs) proved to be a dynamic athlete last season. He started 10 games and threw three scores in four of those contests. He’s got some fine wideouts to throw to, including sophomore Jeff Fuller (55 REC, 844 YDs, 5 TDs), sophomore Ryan Tannehill (50 REC, 630 YDs, 9 TDs) and junior Terrence McCoy (43 REC, 500 YDs, 5 TDs). Sophomore TB Cyrus Gray (75 ATT, 363 YDs, 1 TD) is a tough, straight-ahead rusher. Sophomore TB Bradley Stephens (15 ATT, 68 YDs, 0 TD) is an elusive runner. Three starting front men return from last year, which could be good news if they show improvement. The O-line is a question mark.
The 114th ranked defense, which gave up 37.4 PPG, looks to be improved. DE Von Miller (44 TKLs, 3.5 SKs, 4 TFL), a junior, is a tough, take-no-prisoners player. He’ll lead what should be an improved defensive line. The linebacking unit is young but promising. Sophomore OLB Garrick Williams, freshman MLB Kyle Mangan and OLB sophomore Ricky Cavanaugh will all get a chance to start for the first time. The Aggie pass defense was rated fourth in the Big 12 last season. They should be even better in 2009. As a freshman safety last season, Trent Hunter posted 65 tackles and three interceptions.
True freshman Ryan Epperson, who averaged 43 yards per punt in high school, will start immediately. Sophomore placekicker Randy Bullock (20- 21 Extra Pts, 6- 7 FG) offers sound skills and accuracy. RB Gray (49 RET, 1,169 YDs, 23.9 YPK, 1 TD) can rip up the field on kickoffs and is a true playmaker. Sophomore CB Terence Frederick will get a crack at returning punts, replacing senior SS Jordan Pugh and his 5.5 YPR average.
Head coach Mike Sherman (4- 8 in one year with Texas A&M) has done a fine job recruiting top talent, including five-star running back Christine Michael. He will see action immediately. Still, the team is not ready to compete in the Big 12. They are a year or so away from garnering a bowl invite and from being a contender in the conference. There’s good news when it comes to scheduling. The Aggies play their first five games at home and only four on the road. A victory in their first contest on September 5 versus New Mexico will go a long way to legitimizing this team. In 2009, Texas A&M will finish last in the Big 12 South and miss a bowl berth. But they will be getting closer.
Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule
|9/5/2009||Texas A&M||New Mexico||home|
|9/19/2009||Texas A&M||Utah St.||home|
|10/10/2009||Texas A&M||Oklahoma St.||home|
|10/17/2009||Texas A&M||Kansas St.||away|
|10/24/2009||Texas A&M||Texas Tech||away|
|10/31/2009||Texas A&M||Iowa St.||home|
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