October 5, 2006

Five questions with the A&M experts

How do you expect Texas A&M to play going on the road for their true
first long road trip?

Historically, A&M is not a good road team and I don't expect that to change this week as this will be the first road trip for a very young team this season (San Antonio doesn't count). At the same time, though, the Aggies very badly want to erase any doubts after their last-minute loss to Texas Tech last weekend so they might be able to overcome the hostile environment in the end.

What are the strengths of their offense?

If you look at the stats you'd notice that A&M is very strong in the running game, and all of that starts with the offensive line. The Aggies have four veteran linemen that returned from last season. The only new starter is a senior that has been in the system for a few years. Tackle Yemi Babalola is the most talented linemen, but he has been hobbled by an ankle injury and sophomore Travis Schneider has filled in admirably.

Even though the line is a huge strength, the three-headed monster of Mike Goodson, Jorvorskie Lane and Courtney Lewis at running back is one of the best combinations in the nation. Lane is a bruiser that can also bounce outside and has great speed for a 274-pound back. Goodson is the true freshman that is already showing great promise while Lewis has been hobbled by a hamstring injury but looked at full strength against Tech.

And even though it doesn't look like it on paper, the receiving corps is a huge strength for this team. It's just anyone's guess as if it will ever be utilized. A&M has literally six receivers that can be dangerous at any one time, and then they have tight ends Martellus Bennett and Joey Thomas who could be one of the best tight end duos in the country. Thomas has outstanding hands and will line up wide sometimes, while the 6-foot-7, 255-pound Bennett is a match up problem for anyone.

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