A&M attack is unique

Most offenses that include the option attack relentlessly hammer at an opponent until they physically wear down the defense. Not Texas A&M, Tennessee's Cotton Bowl foe. The Aggies are more of a finesse team, even though the option is a key aspect of their arsenal.

''They're going to throw the ball 60 percent of the time, with some zone and counters off that,'' Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis says. ''They're going to throw the ball around, so it's not a power running game where you're going to really get bruised up.

''They're physical but their style makes it a little more difficult for them to play that way (smash-mouth) because they're going to be pass blocking 60 percent of the time.''

A&M is coached by Dennis Franchione, who faced the Vols in 2001 and 2002 while serving as head man at Alabama. Although Chavis picked up on a few of Coach Fran's tendencies during that time, he admits that the Aggies do things much differently than the Tide did.

''They've got some of the same concepts,'' the Vol coordinator said. ''But they've opened it up a lot more. There's more one-back, more shotgun sets. They're relying on the quarterback (Reggie McNeal) a lot more than the running game. There's some things that they kept but not a lot.''


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