5 predictions for Texas A&M in 2015
Texas A&M enters an interesting year in College Station.
One of the most high-profile defensive coordinators in John Chavis takes command of the underachieving unit, and the offense will be explosive yet again.
It may take more than one season to put everything together in Aggieland, but there’s certainly time and more than enough talent to make it happen.
Here are five predictions for the Aggies in 2015:
Lead SEC in passing offense: Which teams will compete with Texas A&M in this department? The biggest contenders are likely Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky (yes, Kentucky), but the Aggies will escape 2015 as the best passing offense. Kyle Allen could be in for a 3,500-yard passing season, assuming he stays healthy, and the offense could be dynamic overall. Just like every year since the Aggies came into the SEC, they will lead in passing offense for 2015.
Best group of wide receivers: Everyone around the SEC will be taking notes this season about how dynamic the Aggies’ receiving corps will be. Texas A&M finished with five 400-yard receivers in 2014. Josh Reynolds headlines the group and returns 52 catches for a team-high 842 yards and 13 touchdowns. Four of the five return, along with what may be the biggest playmaker in the SEC West, Speedy Noil. Noil caught 46 for 583 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, and we’re only starting to scratch the surface. Add in dynamic newcomer Christian Kirk, and this will be one of the most talented receiving corps in college football.
Speedy Noil will be the best player on the field: Aside from being a prolific five-star prospect, Noil is still one of the SEC’s best kept secrets. Noil will be the best player on the field for Texas A&M in 2015. The offense will feature him in multiple positions in multiple formations, and it’d be perfect to see him take more carries in the running game, too. The one-handed touchdown catch against Louisiana-Monroe and the big-time reception against Mississippi State were only glimpses of what this young man can do. Along with being dynamic on offense, he’ll be the biggest threat on special teams. He returned 27 kickoffs for 645 yards last season, along with returning 15 punts for 180 yards.
Top 10 scoring defense: With the addition of defensive coordinator John Chavis, the Aggies’ unit will jump in the top 10 for scoring defense in the league. That might not seem like much, but as long as the team is scoring 35 to 40 points per game, it will be a nice step. The Aggies finished No. 11 in scoring defense for 2014 (28.1 ppg) and No. 14 in 2013 (32.2 ppg). How far will a top 10 SEC scoring defense take them? An offense as potent as Texas A&M’s doesn’t need an incredible defense; it just needs a unit sufficient to make a few more stops. Now, if this unit could jump into the top eight, look out.
Myles Garrett will lead the SEC in sacks: The Myles Garrett vs. Derek Barnett sack battle will be fun to watch, but Garrett will win. With an added year of actually combining technique with freakish athletic skills, Garrett will take his game to another level. Yes, he’ll be double-teamed, but John Chavis is bright enough to get Garrett in one-on-one situations. Remember the effect Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery had at LSU under Chavis? Garrett is a better athlete than either at this point in his career, and adding some polish to his immense talent will be incredible to witness. Sack leaders have led the SEC the last five years racking up 13, 11.5, 14.5, 13.5 and 11.5 successively. How high can Garrett climb?