Post Mortem: 2013 Texas A&M Football

J. Manziel300429411437
M. Joeckel22372932
J. Manziel1447595.39
B. Malena1155514.810
M. Evans69139420.212
D. Walker5181816.05

How'd that turn out for you Ags? I bet not as wonderful as you might have hoped. Still 9 wins in year two of the SEC is quite an accomplishment given where this program was 3 years ago.

So how'd it all shake down? Let's get 'em up on the table and chart this out.

Let's over simplify things. We like that here at the Bud. A&M beat the teams it was supposed to beat and lost to the teams it wasn't. To take it step further, A&M beat bad teams and lost to good ones. Like we said, over-simplification.

Big games against big boys.

Big games against big boys.

Look back at the schedule, A&M beat Rice, Sam, SMU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Vandy, UTEP, Mississippi State, and Duke. Along the way they lost to Bama, Auburn, LSU, and Missouri. Where is the signature win? If you want to run with the big boys you need to take one down every now and again. A&M didn't in 2013 and as a result you're outside the party, looking in.

That's not to say that 2013 was a failure, far from it. 2013 seems like a failure because of the radical perspective adjustment that occurred in 2012. A&M walked into 2013 with BCS dreams, those dreams were short sighted. Still it wasn't all bad.

2013 Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule

Final Record: 9-4, 4-4 (SEC)
Date   Opponent Results
Aug. 31
Owls Rice Owls
Kyle Field
Won 52-31
Sept. 7
Bearkats Sam Houston State Bearkats
Kyle Field
Won 65-28
Sept. 14
Crimson Tide Alabama Crimson Tide
Kyle Field
Lost 49-42
Sept. 21
Mustangs SMU Mustangs
Kyle Field
Won 42-13
Sept. 28
Razorbacks at Arkansas Razorbacks
D.W.R. Razorback Stadium
Won 45-33
Oct. 5
--- Open Date
Oct. 12
Rebels at Ole Miss Rebels
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Won 41-38
Oct. 19
Tigers Auburn Tigers
Kyle Field
Lost 45-41
Oct. 26
Commodores Vanderbilt Commodores
Kyle Field
Won 56-24
Nov. 2
Miners UTEP Miners
Kyle Field
Won 57-7
Nov. 9
Bulldogs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Kyle Field
Won 51-41
Nov. 16
--- Open Date
Nov. 23
Tigers at LSU Tigers
Tiger Stadium
Lost 34-10
Nov. 30
Tigers at Missouri Tigers
Faurot Field
Lost 28-21
2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Dec. 31
Blue Devils Duke Blue Devils
Georgia Dome
Won 52-48

What went right...

And they called him Johnny Football.

Remember the name.

Remember the name.

You'll tell your grandkids about Johnny Football. He was special. Transcendent. 2013 affirmed that as Johnny's stats were better across the board, even has he tried to redefine himself as a pocket passer. He went from a novelty act to a potential number one draft pick.

Mike Evans was pretty good too.

Evans averaged 20 yards a catch. Yes that's a lot. He was one of the premier big play threats in the college game. With his size and physicality if he plays with energy he could be real good at the next level.

The offensive line moved bodies.

After loosing Luke Joekel to the Jags and a four year starter at center the offensive line was even more efficient in 2013. Manziel cures a multitude of sins, but regardless, up front the Aggies were among the best in the country.

What went wrong...

A lone bright spot on an awful defense.

A lone bright spot on an awful defense.

The defense was real bad. Real bad.

Texas A&M's 2013 defense was awful. The Aggies struggled to stop Arkansas and Mississippi State's juggernaut offenses. That's sarcasm folks. A&M scored 40+ twice and still lost. Awful. They made Duke look like the '07 Patriots. Awful. Bama's offense played like a spread team on skittles and pixie sticks. Awful.

If possible, there was too much Johnny.

A&M needed Johnny to be Johnny in order to win. In games when Johnny wasn't exceptional, A&M had no shot. A November trip to Death Valley illustrated the point. A&M had no ability to move the ball. At times the playbook turned into "snap it to Johnny and let him run around until something good happens." When it didn't, LSU happened. 

Help Wanted.

A&M has turned a recruiting corner. The brand now reaches outside the borders of the State and has unprecedented influence inside the borders. The move to the SEC has been incredibly helpful in building that brand. Now A&M is faced with needing to continue to bring in SEC caliber players, particular on the defensive side of the ball.

School, Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Commit DateSigned LOI? Commit School
OLB 15 Otaro Alaka
(Cypress Falls HS)
Houston, TX
6-3/210/4.65 01/26/2014
Texas A&M
DT 14 Zaycoven Henderson
(Longview HS)
Longview, TX
6-2/315/4.91 01/08/2014
Texas A&M
WR 18 Frank Iheanacho
(Westside HS)
Houston, TX
6-7/220 01/04/2014
Texas A&M
WR 1 Devante Noil
(Edna Karr HS)
New Orleans, LA
5-11/185 01/02/2014
Texas A&M
WR JC Joshua Reynolds
Tyler, TX
6-3/178 12/05/2013
Texas A&M
OT JC Avery Gennesy
(East Mississippi)
Scooba, MS
6-5/315 11/28/2013
Texas A&M
OG JC Jermaine Eluemunor
Scranton, PA
6-4/320 10/28/2013
Texas A&M
DE 25 Qualen Cunningham
(Hamilton HS)
Chandler, AZ
6-4/225 10/24/2013
Texas A&M
DE 1 Myles Garrett
(Martin HS)
Arlington, TX
6-4/245 10/18/2013
Texas A&M
OT 19 Zach Ledwik
(La Grange HS)
La Grange, TX
6-5/273 06/15/2013
Texas A&M
OT 34 Koda Martin
(Manvel HS)
Manvel, TX
6-7/255 06/08/2013
Texas A&M
QB 1 Kyle Allen
(Desert Mountain HS)
Scottsdale, AZ
6-3/195 06/03/2013
Texas A&M
DE 23 Jarrett Johnson
(Seven Lakes HS)
Katy, TX
6-3/225 06/02/2013
Texas A&M
S 26 Armani Watts
(North Forney HS)
Forney, TX
5-11/185 03/02/2013
Texas A&M
DT 10 DeShawn Washington
(Nederland HS)
Nederland, TX
6-2/290 03/02/2013
Texas A&M
OT 32 Kealvin Davis
(Lakeview Centennial HS)
Garland, TX
6-5/250 01/27/2013
Texas A&M
WR 57 Jamal Jeffery
(Lufkin HS)
Lufkin, TX
5-9/170 12/11/2012
Texas A&M
RB 21 Shaun Nixon
(Lake Travis HS)
Austin, TX
5-10/190 11/29/2012
Texas A&M
CB 10 Nick Harvey
(William B Travis HS)
Sugar Land, TX
5-10/170 11/26/2012
Texas A&M
OLB 16 Josh Walker
(Gilmer HS)
Gilmer, TX
6-0/215 10/25/2012
Texas A&M
CB 60 Cedric Collins
(Skyline HS)
Dallas, TX
5-10/170 08/22/2012
Texas A&M
He's got the pedigree.

He's got the pedigree.

Kyle Allen is rated as the best or second best pocket passer in high school football. He's already on campus and should be competing for starting time next fall. He may be a big part of the big question, who's next at quarterback.

The Bud loves Nick Harvey from Fort Bend Travis. He's a defensive playmaker who plays with an edge. The same can be said for Otaro Alaka, a late pick-up from UT's stack.

The real keepers might be the bevy of defensive linemen that Sumlin has brought in to take on the Bamas, LSUs, and now Auburns of the world. Myles Garrett looks the part. A&M will count on those pups to play early, and well.

Prognosis for 2014.

A&M opens 2014 on the road in Columbia against the Gamecocks. Yes, that's quite a challenge. They return home for Rice, Lamar, and SMU. Let's say A&M goes 3-1 to start 2014. From there they have a neutral site conference game against Arkansas and Mississippi State at home. 5-1 seems plausible.

After that who knows? The key is, not surprisingly, whether the Ags can find an offense in the post-Manzielian era and whether A&M can find a defense...anywhere. Bank on this, the Ags will be better defensively but take a step back offensively. How's that for hedging bets.

The SEC West should be wide open, if by wide open you mean one of four behemoths will club their way to the top of the pile. A&M could be one of those behemoths.

Posted on January 30, 2014 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Sports.