Aggie Football – Because…Gary

Friends,

As many of you know, we have the fortune of having the honorable Gary Hunt working at Top Choice. Gary is retired, but still spends quite a bit of time around here because he believes in the business and likes the people. We are appreciative. If you haven’t yet spoken to him on the phone or in person, it’s a treat.

Gary is an avid Aggie Football fan and is therefore my main source of all things A&M (I attended A&M, but spend slightly less time on the various blogs necessary to stay abreast of all the important gossip). I have asked Gary to summarize his thoughts, feelings, impressions, and jokes so that I could post them for whoever wants to see. Here is our first go at it.

From the great, gallant, Gary Hunt:

 

In an attempt to live up to my goal of keeping you up to date re Aggie football, let me start by giving you my pre-season overview and (best guess) what the season may deliver to us.

All of this assumes we do not get hammered with injuries.

OVERVIEW

In my opinion, we have:

  • No proven QB which is a major issue and one that we may not find out until mid-season when we get into the heart of the season. Meaning, even if we are 4-1 after five games it will not be until game six and seven (Alabama & Florida respectively) that we really, really know what we have.
  • O-Line is young but has a lot of experience, I think the O-Line will be just fine, not great, but good enough.
  • At running backs I honestly believe the Aggies will be one of the best in the SEC as well as the Nation and the Aggies have the ability to get 2,000+ yards out of Williams & Ford.
  • Receiving Corps was decimated; we lost six of seven receivers from last year. Good news is we have Christian Kirk and Damion Ratley is no slouch either. Other than that we have a number of high-caliber kids who might step up and three solid TE’s (and if the Ag’s do not use them in a material way this season then I should have become an Offensive Coordinator, because for the life of me I do not know why we do not use the TE more frequently.)
  • Our Defensive Line has unproven ability on the ends while the middle will be fine. We will certainly play some 3-4 defense but the 4-3 will be our primary scheme (something we did very little of the past two seasons with the strength we had at both ends.)
  • LB’s are solid but we have no depth; one injury (and it will happen) and we drop off quite a bit.
  • Secondary is very solid with both Priest Willis & Armani Watts being likely 1st Team All-SEC (we will see both blitz a lot with teams that utilize a primary passing or RPO offense.
  • The Special Teams will be just fine…….but we are talking about kickers after all……….while Kirk will (normally) give us solid field position.

AT THE END OF THE SEASON

If Things Go Right:

  • UCLA W
  • Nicholls State W
  • LA-Lafayette W
  • Arkansas W
  • South Caroline W
  • Alabama L
  • Florida W
  • MS State W
  • Auburn L
  • New Mexico W
  • Ole Miss W
  • LSU L

Record:                        9-2

Note: Bama, Auburn and LSU are simply too powerful for me to feel, now, we can win.

If Things Go Wrong:

  • UCLA L
  • Nicholls State W
  • LA-Lafayette W
  • Arkansas L
  • South Carolina L
  • Alabama L
  • Florida L
  • MS State W
  • Auburn L
  • New Mexico W
  • Ole Miss W
  • LSU L

Record:                        5-7

My Personal Opinion:

We are 4-1 after five and are 3-4 in the final seven games………..maybe, maybe we are 4-3 after the last seven.

Bottom Line:

Neither a 7-5 or an 8-4 season will be enough for Sumlin to stay,…….unless he beats three out of ‘Bama, Florida, Auburn and LSU………….or, ‘Bama, LSU and wins eight and the bowl game; that might be enough especially if we are showing strong with Freshmen & Sophomores. BUT, we could go 5-7 with just a tiny bit of bad luck.

Sunday will tell us a good bit.