Scouting the Texas A&M Aggies as the South Carolina Gamecocks prepare for a Thursday night matchup:
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin (20-6 at Texas A&M, 55-23 overall)
Record in 2013: 9-4 (4-4 SEC)
Postseason: Chick-Fil-A Bowl (W 52-48 over Duke)
Key Losses: Johnny Manziel (QB), Ben Malena (RB), Mike Evans (WR), Jake Matthews (LT), Steven Jenkins (LB), Darian Claiborne (LB), Toney Hurd Jr. (DB)
Key Returnees: Trey Williams (RB), Tra Carson (RB), Malcome Kennedy (WR), Cedric Ogbuehi (RT), Howard Matthews (DB)
The Big Question: What to do without Johnny Manziel?
That’s the question that everyone around the country is asking as the Kenny Hill era begins for the Aggies. Hill’s going to be scrutinized throughout the season for the very fact that he isn’t Manziel, and he’ll need to recognize that he and his predecessor have two different skill sets. One thing Hill doesn’t have going for him: experience. That’s certainly something that the Gamecocks and other opponents throughout the year will look to exploit.
The Big Question, Part II: How will the Aggies’ young secondary hold up?
The Aggies will be starting a freshman and a true freshman in the backfield: Armani Watts and Victor Davis. They were both highly touted coming out of high school (each being named in the top 40 in their respective class)–now Aggieland gets to see up close whether those projections were correct.