A Closer Look: Texas A&M's Offense

Miami's defense is coming off a fairly solid performance against a high powered Florida offense two weeks ago and now the focus shifts towards Texas A&M. Lets take a closer look at what the Aggie offense looks like.

Quarterbacks:
The biggest question mark going into this game is which quarterback will get the start for the Aggies. Senior Stephen McGee (#7, 6-3, 210) is the returning starter from last season but he got injured early in the season and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game as of Wednesday morning. It's been reported that McGee will get the start but that remains to be seen.

McGee, a four-star quarterback recruit coming out of high school, had a solid junior season in 2007, throwing for 2,311 yards, 12 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He also led the Aggies with 899 yards rushing and five scores. So far this season McGee has completed 22-of-32 passes for 190 yards, 0 touchdowns, and two picks. He's also netted -29 yards rushing so far so he certainly hasn't enjoyed much success in A&M's new pro-style offense.

If McGee is unable to go, getting the start will be sophomore Jarrod Johnson (#1, 6-6, 230), who was a four-star tight end prospect coming out of high school. Johnson, who threw just seven passes in 2007, has looked good this year. He's completed 10-of-19 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns. He's also added 10 yards on the ground.

If McGee is healthy and ready to go, he'll be the quarterback on Saturday because he was the starter when he went down and while he's struggled in the new offense this season, he is likely the one that gives them the best chance to win this game.

Running Backs:
Junior Michael Goodson (#3, 6-0, 195) is widely considered the best player on the Texas A&M football team. A former five-star prospect coming out of high school who picked the Aggies over USC in a tight recruiting battle, Goodson had a total of 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns from scrimmage as a sophomore last season. So far this season, he's carried the ball 30 times for 133 yards and two scores. He also had eight catches for 35 yards. As good as he is running the football, he's equally dangerous catching balls out of the backfield. His ability to do that gives the Aggies the opportunity to utilize him in the underneath passing game and you can be sure they'll try doing that again this Saturday facing a fast and aggressive Miami defense. Goodson had 98 total yards against Miami last season.

Senior fullback Javorskie Lane (#11, 6-0, 285) was the touchdown maker in the early part of last season but having scored just one time in the last nine games, he's not as big a threat these days. In the new offense, Lane is used primarily as a blocker, as he's touched the ball just seven times in two games after getting 172 touches a season ago.

A pair of freshmen -- Cyrus Gray (#32, 5-10, 190) and Bradley Stephens (#20, 5-10, 190) provide depth behind Goodson. Gray, a true freshman who was a four-star recruit last year and picked the Aggies over schools like Florida and Notre Dame, called Miami his favorite school at one point in the recruiting process last year but never got offered a scholarship by the Canes. He has 13 carries for 53 yards so far this season. Stephens, a four-star recruit two years ago, has nine carries for 39 yards and is also a threat coming out of the backfield, with three catches for 18 yards.

Wide Receivers:
After losing its two most productive wideouts from last season, the Aggies have turned to former quarterback Ryan Tannehill (#17, 6-4, 205) to make plays. The former three-star QB recruit leads the team this season with eight catches for 116 yards. Senior Pierre Brown (#6, 6-2, 195) signed with Texas A&M as a two-star safety after also taking visits to LSU and Oklahoma and has had a solid career, catching 19 passes for 217 yards last season. He hasn't caught any passes so far this season, however. Sophomore Terrance McCoy (#83, 6-4, 200) has two catches for 20 yards and gives the Aggies a big, fast receiver on the outside. Perhaps the most talented of the Aggie receivers, however, is true freshman Jeff Fuller (#8, 6-4, 210). A four-star who picked the Aggies over just about every major program in the region, has six catches for 58 yards and has a lot of people in Texas Station pretty excited. With three of the top four receivers being 6-4 and over 200, this will likely be the biggest set of receivers the Canes play all season. Keep an eye on that, as both of UM's starting corners (Chavez Grant and Bruce Johnson) are no taller than 6-feet.

Tight Ends:
The Aggies lost Martellus Bennett, who is now catching balls from Tony Romo in Dallas, after he left early for the NFL. Replacing him wasn't going to be easy and it hasn't been. The tight ends have caught just two passes for 21 yards so far this season and those are from junior Jamie McCoy (#4, 6-3, 225), who came to A&M as a quarterback. His blocking skills are considered to be suspect and there's not much proven depth behind him. Sophomore Harold Turnage (#90, 6-4, 245) and redshirt freshman Frank Avery (#89, 6-5, 210) were both three-star recruits coming out of high school and both have zero career receptions.

Offensive Line:
The Aggies have struggled to find success up front in the early part of the season. Through the first two games, they've given up seven sacks already and opponents have already made 16 plays behind the line of scrimmage. The team is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry and that's with a future NFL running back and a 285-pound fullback.

Based on the listed sizes of the starting five, the Aggies will have one of the biggest offensive lines the Canes will face this season. They average 6-5 1/2 and 308 per man and they're led by strong tackle Travis Schneider (#75, 6-8, 290), who's in his third season as a starter. A former two-star O-Line prospect, Schneider checked in at 6-7 and 234 at a Scout.com combine the summer before his senior year of high school. He's come a long way and has done a great job.

Quick tackle Michael Schumard (#76, 6-5, 301) started six games at guard in 2007 and the former four-star OL prospect is now at tackle. Quick guard Lee Grimes (#74, 6-6, 340), center Kevin Matthews (#63, 6-4, 297), and strong guard Vincent Williams (#61, 6-4, 314) round out the starters. Williams was the most heavily recruited player of the bunch. Junior tackle Robbie Frost (#73, 6-6, 300) and redshirt freshman guard Evan Eike (#65, 6-4, 305) are the top backups and were both three-star recruits coming out of high schoool.


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