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2018 Texas A&M Preview: Baller Edition

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Returning Starters:

Offense-7

Defense-7

2017 Offensive Stats

Passing YPG- 251.2 47th Nationally

Rushing YPG- 155.6 77th Nationally

Total YPG- 406.8 56th Nationally

Scoring Offense 32.7 PPG 34th Nationally

 

2017 Defensive Stats

Passing YPG- 237.6 85th Nationally

Rushing YPG- 170.8 70th Nationally

Total YPG- 408.5 78th Nationally

Scoring Defense- 30.7 87th Nationally

 

2018 Recruiting Ranking: 16th

5 Year Recruiting Average: 11.8

2017 Record: 7-6 (4-4)

 

Offense:

                Jimbo Fisher begins his first SEC season with two QBs who have real game experience. Kellen Mond started 8 games last season, while Nick Starkel started 4 games. Starkel finished the season as the starter in the bowl game, where he put up 499 yards which is the second most in Aggie history. There is talk about this competition going on into the fall, but it should be Starkel in the end. Thankfully, for Jimbo, they return RB Trayveon Williams who was a 1000 yard rusher two seasons ago. Jimbo is bringing back two positions that have not been around College Station for a bit, Tight-end and Fullback. To fill those two positions, they have a few converted players, walk-ons, and transfers. With the amount of talent stockpiled, Jimbo will have a prolific offense in no time.

 

Defense:

                2018 brings about a new defense at A&M too. Jimbo hired Mike Elko away from Notre Dame. Elko brings with him a 4-2-5 defense built on speed and pressure. Elko turned Notre Dame into a legitimate defense, ranking 31st in scoring and 46th in yards. His defense also generated a positive turnover margin. With 7 returning starters, including the team’s top sacker, defense should be well improved in 2018.

 

Special Teams:

                A&M returns their kicker from 2017. 18-21 on the year with two of those misses being 50+ yard attempts. Kicking game should be good. Punter is new, but was decent in the spring game.

 

Baller’s Call:

                A&M plays at Alabama and hosts Clemson, in the first four games. In October, three straight away SEC games. Extremely tough schedule. Jimbo gets everything humming by the end of the year though.

2018 Prediction: 8-4 (5-3)

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Nice breakdown.  Jimbo Fisher has put together a really nice 2019 recruiting class.  Hoping they all stay together.  Recruits today like that attention so we’ll see how it shapes up come signing day.  Hosting Clemson at home is HUGE!  A night game as well.  Should be a great game.  Clemson’s defensive line is insane.  The front four predicted to go first round in next NFL draft.  It’s hard to tell who the starting QB will be.  Both are really good but like Jimbo said...”who ever wins the team.”  

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