A Season of Change

Before you know it, August 30 will be here and Kyle Field should more than be packed to witness the first motions of a season of change. For the first time in 14 years, Aggies donning the maroon and white will follow a new head coach out onto the field.

Its already August, and damn, I mean its already AUGUST! Before you know it, August 30 will be here and Kyle Field should more than be packed to witness the first motions of a season of change. For the first time in 14 years, Aggies donning the maroon and white will follow a new head coach out onto the field. That new coach is Dennis Franchione and "Coach Fran" and a whole new coaching staff will have more than their fair share of problems to take care of.

One of the first problems that Franchione and his staff must take care of is an offense that ran like a bad lawnmower last year. Sometimes idling funny, sometimes sputtering, and sometimes running just fine. Les Koenning has been tabbed the Offensive Coordinator/QB's coach to fix the lawnmower and start trying to mow through a conference full of stout defenses. Hoping to help Koenning adjust the timing and throttle of this offense will be Lee Fobbs (RBs), Jim Bob Helduser (OL), Kenith Pope (WRs), and Mark Tommerdahl (TEs/Special Teams). Helduser will have the task of trying to get some stability out of the offensive line while finding ways to run the ball more efficiently. The running game will prove oh so ever important since the Aggies have yet to determine a starter at quarterback. As of now, Coach Fran has stated that he has the luxury of playing both Dustin Long and Reggie McNeal. Its not the first time in Franchione's history of having two quarterbacks share the starting duties, but its one that Aggie fans are not used to seeing. Just as they are not used to seeing a loss at Kyle Field.

A second problem that Franchione finds himself with is replenishing a defense that just wore down last year. New Denfensive Coordinator Carl Torbush will have the help of Steve Eggen (DL), Melvin Smith (Safeties), and Chirs Thurmond (CBs). The defensive staff will try to find a way to resurrecting a tradition of A&M defenses that could put the clamps on the opponents offense. With the start of a new conditioning program last spring, hopefully the defense will still have some gas left in the motor if it finds itself on the field more than it normally should.

Still, another problem exists for Franchione and his staff in the way of special teams. With the return of punter Cody Scates, that seems to be one of the few pieces of the puzzle already in place. Consistency in the kicking game should be one of the major areas of concern.

Finally, the biggest problem for Coach Fran to address is that of respectability. For the last few years, the Aggies have not been a team receiving alot of respect. Teams look forward to playing A&M at Kyle Field now just as much as if they were hosting them on the road. Without question, the Aggies have had their chances to prove themselves to other programs and members of the sports media but, have fallen short once too many times. If Coach Franchione can finish the season whereupon outsiders respect this program again, he will have taken a ominous step in stirring the changes that needed to be brought to Texas A&M.

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