March 19, 2007

Spring Preview: Offense

Texas A&M's 2007 season officially gets underway Tuesday when the Aggies hit the practice the fields for the first of 15 spring practices that culminate with the annual Maroon and White game on April 14. The Aggies will be hoping to improve on a 9-4 mark in 2006, and everything starts on the practice fields this March.

In 2006 the Aggie offense was as efficient as any in the nation. It was the 18th best offense in the country with 397.38 yards per game. A&M was extremely balanced with 2,477 yards gained in the passing game and 2,689 yards gained on the ground. The Aggies were the eighth best rushing offense in America by gaining 206.85 yards on the ground.

That rushing game figures to be just as potent in 2007, if not more. Last season the Aggies handed the ball off to running back Jorvorskie Lane often, and Lane tied the A&M single-season rushing touchdown record with 19. As the season wore on more running backs emerged, but none excelled more than freshman Mike Goodson.

Goodson averaged 6.7 yards per carry as he gained 847 yards on 127 carries over the season. Early in the season Goodson had a case of fumble-it is, but he became one of A&M's most feared threats on offense and finished the season with four touchdowns. He also gained 117 yards through the air on 17 receptions.

Fullback Chris Alexander will be back for his senior season after becoming a huge weapon out of the backfield as a blocker, rusher or passing threat.

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