Texas A&M will hold its annual spring game on Saturday afternoon at Kyle Field.

This year’s game will be highly-anticipated as it will be the first with Mike Elko roaming the sidelines in College Station. The Aggies do have some key players who are limited with injuries this spring, but Saturday’s game should still be enlightening for Texas A&M fans.

The game is set to be broadcast at 1 p.m. CT on SEC Network+/ESPN+ on Saturday afternoon. Here’s 1 thing to look out for on both sides of the ball in Texas A&M’s spring game:

How will Texas A&M look in Collin Klein’s offense?

This past offseason, Texas A&M hired Collin Klein away from Kansas State to be the program’s offensive coordinator. Klein represents a major identity-shift for Texas A&M’s offense after the Aggies were led by Jimbo Fisher and Bobby Petrino in recent years.

Klein has the reputation of a fast-rising offensive mind, but there’s often an adjustment period anytime there’s a coordinator change.

At quarterback, Texas A&M has a locked-in starter in Conner Weigman — provided he’s able to stay on the field. Weigman missed almost all of last season with an injury and has been limited this spring as well. However, while Weigman may not feature in the Maroon & White Game, Texas A&M does have a couple of other intriguing quarterbacks in Jaylen Henderson and Marcel Reed.

Texas A&M’s wide receiver room seems to be in a good place. The Aggies return 3 of their top 5 pass catchers from a year ago and have added a couple of interesting transfers in Cyrus Allen, Jabre Barber (out for spring) and Wesley Watson. Allen arrives in College Station as a speedster who averaged 18.8 yards per reception over 2 seasons with Louisiana Tech.

A&M also returns its leading rushers from last season in Le’Veon Moss, Amari Daniels and Rueben Owens. Moss and Daniels were very productive last year (5+ yards per carry) on relatively limited volume. Neither player ranked in the top-20 in carries amongst SEC running backs in 2023. With Klein’s offense, expect to see a larger workload — and bigger expectations — for this trio.

Texas A&M’s offensive line may be the biggest question mark about this group entering the spring game. Despite adding 3 transfer offensive lineman during the winter period, Elko was critical of the unit while speaking with reporters recently. However, Kansas transfer Ar’maj Reed-Adams did draw some praise and seems likely to earn a starting tackle job. How A&M blocks in the spring game could help the coaching staff determine whether or not further reinforcements are required during the April transfer window.

Seeing how all these pieces mesh together is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of A&M’s spring game this year.

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Who will stand out in Texas A&M’s secondary?

The Aggies lost several key defensive backs from last season, which led Elko and his staff to be very aggressive in adding pieces to the back end of this defense in the portal during the winter period.

While speaking with reporters last week, Elko was very complimentary of the DB transfers that A&M brought in back in December.

“I think every secondary kid that we brought in, from Marcus Ratcliffe to Will Lee to Donovan Saunders to BJ Mayes – I think every one of those kids in the secondary and Dezz Ricks, we got to get healthy. But every one of those kids has flashed at times, and I think they are going to add a lot of value back there,” Elko said, via 247Sports.

Ricks’ health will be something to monitor for the rest of the offseason, as the former 5-star prospect has a chance to start at cornerback for the Aggies this season.

Ratcliffe, Lee, Saunders and Mayes are all expected to compete for big roles with Texas A&M’s defense this season. Of that group, Lee, Saunders and Ratcliffe were all rated as 4-star transfers this past cycle by 247Sports.

For Texas A&M’s safety spots in-particular, it appears Dalton Brooks and Bryce Anderson have impressed Elko to this point in camp.

“I have been really happy with that group,” Elko added when asked about the safeties. “I think Bryce (Anderson) is having a really good spring. I think he is really coming into his own back there as a player.

“I think Dalton Brooks has taken a huge step forward this spring and been really happy with him. I think he is an elite run-and-hit safety. I think he still has a little bit of a gap to close in terms of processing and understanding everything that we are doing, which he is doing every day. But I do think he has got some really elite traits, and we are excited about that one.”

Texas A&M’s DB room is a bit banged up entering the spring game, but even the top players at corner and safety are relatively inexperienced at the SEC level. Anyone who stands out on this stage on Saturday will likely be putting themselves in great position to earn playing time this fall.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday afternoon at Kyle Field.