The Texas A&M Aggies are searching for answers on defense, and they need them in a hurry. Surprisingly, with everything else that’s been going in college station lately, this is the primary concern for A&M at this point. Though they defeated Rice 52-31, the Aggies gave up more than 500 yards of offense and 28 first downs to the Owls, which racked up more than 300 on the ground.
It may not hurt them in Week 2, but eventually this defense will be a liability for the Aggies if it doesn’t improve. Those numbers need to get a whole lot better if Texas A&M is to have any chance at making a serious run at an SEC and national title.
We also learned that Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel doesn’t care what you, I, opposing players, referees or even his coach Kevin Sumlin thinks. Despite seeing less than two quarters of action in Week 1, Manziel was able to go 6-for-8 and throw for 94 yards and three touchdown passes. That’s pretty impressive.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t what made headlines. Instead, his increasingly arrogant attitude stole the show. The image most remember from the game is that of Manziel apparently brushing off his coach after being penalized for taunting Rice players.
What to look for in Week 2: What’s next for Manziel? How much damage – to the opposing team and/or his own – can Johnny Football do during a full four quarters? Whether he likes it or not, all eyes will be on him yet again when the Aggies take on perennial FCS power Sam Houston State.