The Texas A&M Football team surprised a lot of people in 2012 with its immediate success in the Southeastern Conference. Whether or not the Aggies will be able to build upon that success will rely in large part on what kind of defense they put on the field in 2013.
The Aggies have been recognized nationally for their prolific offense and the amazing play of quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Yet many failed to recognize that the Aggie defense played a huge role in Texas A&M's early success in the SEC.
The Ags only allowed 21 points per game in 2013. They allowed 390 yards per game, which is not impressive, until you consider that much of those totals was given up in garbage time against the second-team defense.
The Aggies had a seven-game stretch in which they did not allow a single point in the first quarter. They were 6-1 in those seven games.
It was a regular occurrence in 2012 for the Aggies to jump out to a quick lead, and the opposing team to panic and change their game plan on offense. The Aggies would jump ahead by multiple scores so quickly that the opposition would be forced to pass the ball to try and keep up. Opponents would often become one-dimensional and easier for Mark Snyder and his defense to stop.
The Ags have lost six starters off that 2012 defense. They will need some of the backups to step up and some of the incoming freshmen to arrive ready to contribute if they want to see a repeat of that success.
Here is a look at why the Aggies will have an SEC-caliber defense in 2013.