With all the skill guys returning in Tannehill, Fuller and an excellent compliment of receivers, and Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael at running back, Sherman has to feel even better that he has an offensive line that is experienced. Last year there were two freshman starters in the line.
The holes for the Aggies are more on the defensive side.
"Certainly winning last year in the second half of the season really helped precipitate that and allow us an opportunity to say, 'okay, I guess we do know what we're doing,'" Sherman added.
"I think we're going to be a better team on defense, even though we lose some significant players in Von Miller and Mike Hodges and Lucas Patterson. (They were) tremendously significant players in our defense, but I do believe that the second year in this defense will make the biggest jump.
"Our guys will have a lot more familiarity and knowledge of the defense and be able to fit in a little bit better," continued Sherman. "I don't think you replace a Von Miller, No. 2 pick, very easily with one player. I think we have to do it collectively with a group of guys, and I think we'll be able to do that. So looking forward to the season, I think."
All three of the Aggies I spoke to were more than willing to talk about the game with Oklahoma State to open Big 12 play, and all agreed that it is a huge game and that Texas A&M is eager to beat Oklahoma State after losing to the Cowboy three years in a row.