The Texas A&M football team is about to finish an offseason full of change. The depth chart has been finalized by the coaches, and the first team players are receiving the majority of the practice reps. It is almost time for the football season to kick off in Aggieland.
There are a lot of surprises on the new depth chart as the Aggies got a lot younger at a few positions. The 2012 recruiting class has certainly made an impact and will get a chance make plays sooner rather than later.
The irony in this development is that four years ago when Sean Porter and Ryan Swope were freshmen, they were part of a group of 18 players who did not redshirt and played during their true freshman seasons.
Now that those players are seniors, there is a new group of freshmen who are going to play instead of redshirting. Every program has freshmen who are so good that they force their way onto the field. The issue comes when you are forced to play freshmen because of a lack of depth.
Right now, that is the situation that the A&M football team finds itself in at certain positions. When you require true freshmen to play at certain positions to shore up depth issues, you are going to struggle in the Southeastern Conference.
This is a look at the depth chart as the Aggies head into their first game of the season.