Update: April 15
If you needed to know who stood out during the spring game, look no further than quarterback Johnny Manziel. He was completing each and every pass he threw, making plays with his feet and showing the college football world there may in fact not be a sophomore slump, according to Aubrey Bloom of 247Sports.
“I’m not paying attention to the sophomore slump or whatever it is,” he said. “People said there was a freshman or Heisman hangover or whatever and that was whatever. I’m not worried about that, I’m worried about making sure my teammates are in this together and we’re all ready for the summer and we’re ready to conquer the task ahead of us.”
Other than Manziel, Oklahoma transfer in running back Brandon Williams also had a terrific day. Making plays in the passing game and showing off the wheels, he provides yet another weapon for this Texas A&M offense.
As for the defensive side of the ball, Nate Askew did a solid job of getting to the quarterback, while Reggie Chevis was great in run support.
Update: March 8
It is no secret that the defensive side of the ball needs work. Losing majority of the playmakers and a lot of the production from last year, the Aggies are basically starting all over. After a recent practice, according to David Harris of Aggies Sports, defensive coordinator Mark Snyder reminded everybody that there is still a long way to go with this unit.
"We're starting all over again," Snyder said. "I just told the group we're very, very similar to our first practice last year. The fortunate thing is we don't have to play tomorrow. Thank goodness. We have a ways to go."
One of the issues that Snyder brought up was the fact there isn't a lot of experience, which also means that there a few guys that must step up and become leaders to for the defense.
"There's not a whole lot of [leaders yet]," Snyder said. "Donnie [Baggs] did a pretty good job getting us lined up. Toney Hurd is very vocal, playing with a lot of energy. We're getting a little leadership but not a ton of it."
The Aggies will take next week off for spring break.
In other news, if you can't make it to the spring game, don't worry about it. Texas A&M will have the event televised live on ESPN on April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. CT.
Update: March 6
As if the depth on the defensive line couldn't become more of an issue, this unit has further thinned out, as Ivan Robinson has torn his Achilles and is expected to miss anywhere from five to six months.
As for defensive lineman Kirby Ennis, there is much work to do before he becomes a key part of this defense, according to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN. Ennis was suspended from the team after being arrested last month. He is also recovering from offseason surgery.
Also, running back Trey Williams is expected to participate some point during spring practice after offseason surgery, according to Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News.
Nate Askew wasn't able to hack it as a wide receiver, so the coaching staff thought it was best to move him to the linebacker position. With questions on the defensive side of the ball, this may be a better fit for one of the more athletic players on the team. To hear head coach Sumlin speak on why he ended up making the change, click here.
Johnny Manziel may have been treated like a rockstar during the offseason, but Sumlin doesn't want to hear any of that. He told James Sullivan of The Battalion that the Heisman Trophy winner still has work to do, as does the rest of the team.
“From every standpoint, every aspect this program, we’re still playing catch-up with everybody in the SEC,” Sumlin said.
With that mindset, it is safe to say that Manziel will continue to be pushed just the rest of the guys.