September 30, 2009

Sherman making all the right moves

After a 49-9 loss to Texas that finished a 4-8 campaign last season, Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman vowed that he and the A&M football program would not go through another year like 2008.

To that end, Sherman and his staff had to make significant changes not just in scheme but also in talent. A&M was actually something of a veteran team last year with 15 seniors as well as running back Mike Goodson who declared for the NFL draft. As a result, the Aggies faced personnel changes and faced the prospect of playing high school prospects rather than proven college players. In addition, A&M had moved some players to different positions last year with less than positive results.

Thus, A&M started addressing its problems even before spring practice and addressed them in its biggest problem area, the defensive front seven. The Aggies had ranked in the 100s nationally in total defense, rushing defense and sacks - all symptoms of issues with that group.

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