Spring ball is underway in College Station, and the Aggies have one of the collegiate football world's biggest stars in camp, Johnny Manziel. For the first time since the Cotton Bowl talk about the Heisman winner can finally turn from his off-field life to what made him college football's biggest rock star in the first place: football.
With defensive coaches in the SEC West looking to find Manziel kryptonite, look for this Aggies offense to evolve, even with the departure of offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. Manziel was just a baby in the offense last season, after just a spring and fall camp to truly practice the scheme. Now, entering his second season under Kevin Sumlin and staff, expect Johnny Football to get a more firm grasp of the system.
For defenses, that means the quarterback improving not only in his physical abilities but also his decision making. This scheme is predicated on spreading the ball around and hitting targets. Manziel, with more time to learn the nuances, will be looking to get even more dangerous this spring.
The offense is not the only focus this spring, on defense the Aggies have lost some key pieces and have their work cut out for them if the SEC Championship is the goal. A&M featured a great pass rush and defense that got solid penetration in 2012; in 2013 they will be looking to find those pieces as their secondary returns three starters and will have to play great coverage.
Linebacker Steven Jenkins is out for the spring, recovering from surgery, so this spring will be about watching which leaders rise in the front seven. If you like tight position battles, guys selling out to climb the depth chart and leaders emerging, the defensive side will be one to watch in College Station.