2015 Preview Coming off a defeat in the National Championship that spoiled their perfect season, the Aggies are anxious to get back on top. Their team motto this year is "Do it again" and with a bevy of talent returning and a #3 ranking to start the year, it is definitely possible for TAMU to find themselves in the SEC Championship once again. Offense QB There might be a bit of a Quarterback controversy in College Station after last year's finish. (RS)Senior Johnny Manziel (94OVR) went down in the last game of the regular season leaving true Freshman QB Sean Henry (86OVR) as the starter for the SEC CCG. Henry played an almost perfect game and lead the Ags to victory. Flash-forward to the National Championship... Manziel comes back from injury only to throw 5 picks. 2 of which were returned for TDs and that ended up being the difference in a close game. Henry came off the bench for one play, and it was a 20yd TD strike. A large contingent of the fan-base is already calling for Henry to start. Coaches like that they have a solid back-up they can rely on, but Manziel will start (he might be on a short leash though). RB No controversy here. Heisman-winner Brandon Williams (99OVR) returns for his (RS)Senior yr to get his degree and take another run at getting some hardware. Williams basically lead the offseason work-outs, and only fellow-RB Trey Williams (94OVR) could really keep up. (RS)Senior Tra Carson has improved dramatically as well (90OVR) giving the Aggies a legitimate 3-headed monster in the run game. FB Larry Cruz came in a snatched the job away from Joe Parrish, who opted to leave the program for greener pastures. (Really, dude? You're a FB. You shouldnt be in it for the glory) Oh well, the job is Cruz's for the foreseeable future. WR Bilitnikoff finalist Mike Evans (90OVR) returns to lead a diverse and dangerous WR corps. Behind him is Thomas Johnson (86OVR) and a pair of talented Juniors (both 81OVR) will take turns operating out of the slot. The deep threat of Evans should allow TAMU to work underneath routes effectively. Look for Thomas Johnson to have his best year ever. TE There is a bit of battle going on at the TE spot this year. Junior Michael Robbins (83OVR) is desperately trying to fend off Sophomore Maurice Williams (81OVR). Williams appears to be the better pass-catcher and a slightly better run-blocker than Robbins, but Robbins is no slouch. Robbins is a good receiver in his own right, and is much more dangerous after the catch. Behind them is Curt "The Freak" Mitchell (80OVR). Mitchell is 6'7 271lb, and could take a redshirt at some point in order to get at least one year of the position to himself. OL (OVR from LT to RT) 87-85-90-88-86 A solid group here on the OL. The best part about this cast is that 4/5 are Juniors. They all are very strong and look ready to go. Imagine what this group will look like next season, though. 4/5 will be (RS)Seniors around or above 90OVR. Defense DE Polo Manukainiu (85OVR) looks the best of the bunch. He will start at RE. True Junior Eric Howard (81OVR) will start at LE. Howard, who was disparaged by South Carolina's coach when he signed with A&M, plays with a chip on his shoulder and has been quoted as saying he "can't wait" to play the Gamecocks. 6'7 268lb Gabriel Green (81OVR) will spell the ends, with (RS)Freshman Erick Gillett (79OVR) next in line. Gillett chose TAMU over Arkansas, so he may have to see the field against the Razorbacks. DT Coach Max's pet-position as of late... The DTs are shaping up nicely. All-American Roderick Thomas (90OVR) has really turned into a dominant force on the inside. His combination of size, speed, and strength present problems for anyone trying to run up the gut. (RS)Senior Shayvion Hatten (86OVR) looks the part as well and has played great when he has been on the field. Two underclassmen will come off the bench and they are good too. Coach Max has been subbing the entire D-Line in and out platoon-style to keep them fresh and it has worked. That strategy doesnt have to change with the depth of talent amassed at the position. OLB All-American Donnie Watkins (85OVR) has his spot at ROLB locked down. The interesting battle is going on at LOLB. This position has been somewhat lost in the shuffle with Watkins and Harper taking the spotlight at LB, but two players are out to change that. (RS)Junior Michael Richardson (82OVR) and (RS)Freshman Jamie Young (80OVR) are in a heated-fight for the starting spot. Richardson has more experience (68AWR) but Young is more athletic and has a higher upside at 6'4 225lb. Coaches will try both out and see what sticks. Young's size and athleticism may be too great to keep him on the bench. MLB Brad Harper (88OVR). Enough said? No? Okay then... Harper is the life-blood of this team's defense. They go as a unit as he goes as an individual. He just has a knack for being around the ball and making plays. He shucks blockers like they arent even there, and has the quickness to shoot a gap, turn on a dime, and tackle a RB from behind in another gap. Straight beast. He lurks the middle of the field and is a big part of what A&M does defensively. Behind him is a capable Senior back up, Jordan Richmond (81OVR). The Ags are redshirting a MLB this season as well, so watch for him in the years to come. CB Look at all these youngsters. Brings a tear to Coach Max's eye knowing these are all his hand-picked croots... The group is lead by physical Junior Joe Huffman (86OVR). Joe goes 6'3 200lb and is built to lock-down those over-sized WRs A&M will encounter. True Sophomores Joe Coe and Thomas Tom Thomas (both 81OVR) will alternate between the #2 and #3 spots, while true Freshman converted-ATHs Tim Bryant and Quentin Flynn will alternate as the Dime-back. Coe has more experience, but Thomas may be more suited to playing outside so T.T. Thomas might get the #2 spot outright. Coe has the agility to better keep up with shifty slot receivers. FS John Webb and David Craig are still battling it out for the starting spot, and that is exactly what coaches envisioned when recruiting such talented players in back-to-back classes. Both started as true Freshman and have really pushed each other to get better (both 84OVR). Craig is bigger and faster, but Webb is better in coverage and forces more fumbles. Webb has the job for now. SS What a cluster*&%$ this position ended up after the season. A&M graduated two Senior Strong Safeties, leaving the position to a talented Freshman who was redshirting. He had the starting position sewn-up before even taking a snap, but he got "homesick" and wanted to go back to Illinois. Now I know College Station is one of the worst places in the country to live, but come on man! You'd rather sit out another year only to become lost in obscurity instead of starting for a National Championship contender and be a year or two away from getting drafted??? Whatever. Junior FS Jacob Marshall (79OVR) slid over from FS and will be backed up by Freshman Justin Estes (77OVR). At 6'0 223, Marshall looks more like a SS than a FS anyway. Coaches want to find a good true SS this class to redshirt and hopefully he wont bounce like the last guy when we try to hand him the keys to the Porsche. P/K Ray Guy finalist Drew Kaser (94OVR) will handle all kicking duties. Taylor Bertolet will back him up, and may be called off the bench to kick clutch (iced) FGs. PR/KR RB Trey Williams will take another run at Returner of the Year this season. He has almost 1500 total return yards and looks to take a couple to the house this season. Outlook Coach Max isnt sure he can run the table again, but he thinks he has a good shot at getting back to the SEC Championship Game. The Aggies are probably looking at a 10-2 type regular season. Once again, the biggest games of the year will be against Miss. St. and Arkansas as those 3 teams duke it out for the SEC West.