2016 Texas A&M AggiesTeam Preview It has been bittersweet the past two seasons for TAMU. They have had back-to-back 13-1 seasons, but they missed out on capturing a real National Championship both times. The Ags Defense let them down in the SEC Championship Game last year, but the unit looks better across the board and is ready to help the team make another (this time hopefully successful) run. QB- Sean Henry (89OVR) barely edged out Erik Lee (88OVR) in a battle for the starting QB position this Spring. The two have very different skill sets, so the battle went a long way in determining what kind of Offense TAMU would field this year. Henry has the elite arm (96THP 94THA) but is more or less immobile. Lee is a great runner (88SPD, 88AGI, 90ACC) who throws a weaker, more accurate ball than Henry (84THP 99THA). With Henry taking the snaps, fans should expect to see a more efficient version of last year's offense. Lee will most likely see the field in every game, though. He will have a package of plays for him to get the ball and give him chances to make things happen. RB- Trey Williams (98OVR) had to redshirt and wait for his 5th and final year to be the starter at TAMU, but he looks ready to take advantage of his chance to shine. However, it remains to be seen what kind of beating his 5'8 186lb frame can take with an expanded workload. Behind him is Sophomore Randy Brown (85OVR). Brown has great speed and hands, and has the more prototypical frame at 6'0 219. Speedy (RS)Freshman Kevin Day (75OVR 96SPD) will be the #3. The position isn't looking elite beyond Trey. Coaches have missed out on a couple of hot-shot RBs that would've come in and taken over after Williams left. They look to change that this year and have a couple of good-looking runners on their radar. WR- This experienced Corps is headed up by (RS)Senior Thomas Johnson (89OVR). No one is expecting him to have the same kind of season Mike Evans had last year, but he has the tools to be as good as he wants. Behind him are fellow Seniors Jaron Brown (85OVR) and David Walker (84OVR). These two have had increasingly important roles every year, and have so far combined for over 1,800yd and 13TD in their careers. Fans will also finally get a look at (RS)Freshman Kenny Hicks (79OVR). Hicks goes 6'6 220lb and has a first-step that is as shocking as his size. Seems like he could fill Evans role in the future. TE- Michael Robbins (88OVR) will start one last tour of duty this year, backed up by Maurice Williams (84OVR). TE Bobby Morris (81OVR) has muscled his way into the rotation as well. He isn't as athletic as his peers, but is a better blocker and has great potential at TAMU. OL- The OL goes (OVR from LT to RT) 91-88-95-84-90 4 out of 5 of them are (RS)Seniors. They are all ready to go. Except for Center Mike Matthews, they all go 305lb+ with three of them weighing in at over 320lb. LG Michael Miller is 6'7 326lb and loves to pull! DE- Polo Manukainiu (90OVR) and Gabriel Green (85OVR) make up the best pairing at the position under Coach Max. Both are huge! Polo is 6'5 271lb and Green is 6'7 271lb. Both get off blocks well and are explosively quick/fast for their size (90ACC/89ACC). Great depth coming off the edge as well for A&M. DT- The vision this Coaching Staff had for the DT position finally seems to have been realized. They set-up even better for the coming years, but right now they look like a game-changing unit. All-Everything Roderick Thomas (92OVR) has become an elite inside defender and NFL teams are ready to sign him now. His size/speed combo is crazy and allows him to really get after the QB. Starting beside him is (RS)Junior Michael Owens (89OVR). Owens is more of a gap-plugger and run-stopper than Thomas, and he is a legit 300lb. Excellent depth at this position as well. Finally looking like an SEC D-Line... LOLB- Jamie Young (84OVR) returns after a pretty decent (RS)Freshman season. He has played under the shadow of Harper and Watkins and still looked good. Young had some competition this year, but his rangy-athleticism (86SPD, 81AGI, 99ACC) and experience gave him the edge. (RS)Freshman Steve Brown (85OVR) and (RS)Senior Michael Richardson (86OVR) are right on Young's heels and eager to take his spot if he should falter. Brown will most likely start at OLB next year. MLB- What else can be said about Brad Harper (93OVR)? He is a leader of men. If you have played A&M you are familiar with his game. Harper is a known-commodity, but there are some new faces at the position too. Manuel Jones (85OVR) will see the field for the first time this season. He is a (RS)Freshman with crazy potential. ROLB- Donne Watkins (90OVR) is still doing his thing... He is still 6'5 231lb, and still flies around making plays (83SPD 92ACC). Keep your eye on him or he will make you pay. Richardson will back him up. Coaches are expecting a lot from this LB corps. This group has a chance to give A&M one of the best front-7's in the country. CB- All-American Joe Huffman (91OVR) has decided to come back for his Senior year and everyone is happy about that. He lead the team in INTs, and will be on the short-list for multiple awards again. Basically the same cast & crew as last year here. This is a group that has a penchant for getting picks as well as giving up tons of yardage. The Coaching staff has been working as much as legally allowed with the DBs to correct their pass-defense woes. FS- John Webb (88OVR) is an All-American who is fast-approaching elite status. A Thorpe finalist last year, he made up 1/2 of a deadly S combo. Deadly at both making big plays, and giving up big plays. Reggie Goodman gets his first taste of the big-time this year. The (RS)Freshman (82OVR) 3rd stringer might actually be the best in one-on-one type coverage situations. SS- Surprise! Senior Jacob Marshall (84OVR) switched over to SS last year when the position was in shambles, and what did he do? Oh, just go out and clock 3INTs, 2FFs, and notch 7TFL while being one of the team leaders in tackles. He was rewarded with All-American status and looks to have an even better year this time. Sophomore David Estes (81OVR) will back him up while a talented Freshman, Robert Williams, (78OVR) redshirts. P/K- Both Freshman. The true Freshman Chris Norman (84OVR) will handle kicking duties, while the (RS) Freshman James Berry (87OVR) punts and handles kickoffs. KR- Trey Williams finds himself returning Punts and Kicks for the Ags once again. If it affects his performance at RB, or if Coaches deem him an injury risk, then WR Thomas Johnson or perhaps backup RB Randy Brown will fill-in. Season Outlook- This team looks legit right now. If the offense can clean some things up and become even more efficient, and the defense can start to stop the pass... this team will be able to compete with anyone. The conference slate gets more difficult than in years past with South Carolina returning to the schedule, but TAMU is still expecting great things. I am thinking 10-2 is the floor for a team with this much talent.