Carl Reese on A&M's offense: The Texas defensive coordinator said he expects the Aggie O to try to play ball control and "try to keep our offense off of the field." In the running game, A&M will run belly plays, counters and power runs, and in the passing game, will try a lot of wide receiver and middle screens (shovel passes) and take deep shots off of play action, he said. "If you had to pick one play that's been the most productive it's been (the middle screen)," Reese said. The Ags run it approximately 10 times per game out of either their one- or two-back sets, and the play can be particularly effective vs. a defense in zone coverage. The D-coordinator said the job of defending that play will fall largely to MLB D.D. Lewis and the DTs, depending on the defensive scheme. Reese called the A&M O an old-fashioned attack. "Their offense is built around (the philosophy of), let's don't make mistakes," Reese said. "The last three weeks they've run what we call the Tennessee set with three wides and two backs in for protection." They'll also work out of two back sets with a tight end and a twin receiver set to one side of the field, he added. Reese said A&M's injury woes didn't affect the Horns' gameplan preparation. "I don't see them changing whatsoever," he said. "They've played three running backs all year and all three kids do the same thing. We made a gameplan that fits all their guys. We don't want sheeps in wolf's clothing or however that saying goes. No matter who's at running back and at wide receiver, we're gonna need to execute." Reese said his unit's defensive scheme will largely depend on A&M's offensive set. If the Ags show a TE, two-back set, expect the Horns in a 4-3 set, to "load up and stop the run," in Reese's words. If A&M goes to a three-wide, one-back set, expect Texas in the nickel. As a change-up, the Horns will also play some nickel against the run, he said. The Longhorn defense will also look to get A&M QB Mark Farris "off rhythm," Reese said. "We don't want to let him know we're coming at him and we've got to come at him (from disguise)." Despite the fact that the Aggies haven't scored an offensive TD in weeks, Reese said he and his group aren't taking the A&M attack lightly. "Your fear as coach is, they have the ability to do it, and we don't want to be the ones to give it up," he said.
Greg Davis on A&M's defense: The Texas offensive coordinator said the Ags are "totally different than any team we've faced this year" because they are a true 3-4 team with outside linebackers that play right and left and both may rush or drop or either one on any given play. Davis said that vs. other fronts, the majority of the time there is no question who is going rush and who is going drop, but A&M's system is more difficult to read. "These guys mix it up," he said. "The backs need to be sharp in blitz pick-ups." Although the Aggies are a low blitz team (21-percent), "their blitzes are highly effective," Davis said. The A&M defense has 36 sacks on the season, with 13 different guys registering at least one sack. Davis said the Ags' front three of Rocky Bernard, Ty Warren and Evan Perroni is "very good." He called MLB Brian Gamble "very athletic." The secondary mixes coverages well and does a nice job with nickel packages, according to the OC. Davis rattled off the entire starting secondary -- corners Sammy Davis and Sean Weston and safeties Jay Brooks and Terrence Kiel -- when asked about standouts in the group.