Despite being off last week, Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1) still managed to make plenty of headlines in the last seven days. Here’s the skinny on what’s been going down in College Station.
First, the on-field news: Starting defensive tackle Kirby Ennis will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, which is a major, major blow for the Aggies. Head coach Kevin Sumlin said Ennis’ spot in the starting lineup will be filled by Isaiah Golden, a true freshman. That’s not good news for a defense that’s already giving up 6.07 yards per rush attempt, good for fifth-worst in the nation.
There was also a variety of (mostly) non-football-related A&M news. The university president, R. Bowen Loftin, who already made headlines for his Johnny Manziel-esque “show me the money” twit pic, is making more waves on Twitter. This time, he is reported to have inadvertently committed a secondary NCAA infraction by tweeting a top recruit.
In more positive Aggies news, USA Today’s “For The Win” blog named Kyle Field as one of the “5-Best College Football Stadiums” in a Tuesday post. Also, an article on Forbes.com dives into “Texas A&M Football And The Secret To Managing Elite Talent” – a good read.
What to look for in Week 7: Ball security. You may not remember, but the Aggies nearly lost to the Ole Miss Rebels last year in Oxford. Down 10 in the fourth quarter, Manziel orchestrated two late touchdowns to pull off the comeback despite six A&M turnovers. If the Aggies hold onto the ball, they should beat a fading Ole Miss team again this season.
Reigning Heisman winner Manziel leads an explosive offense at Texas A&M in his hope to bring the Aggies to a BCS berth. Get your Texas A&M football tickets to watch Johnny Football in his attempt become only the second player to win the Heisman twice.