Texas A&M Football: Winners and Losers from 2013 Maroon and White Game
The 2013 Texas A&M spring game has come to an end where the maroon team beat down the white team by a score of 43-23.
But forget the score for a minute, spring games are a chance for guys to make an impact on the coaching staff and put themselves in position for more playing time. While there shouldn't be too much stock invested into a game like this, there were a few players who stood out. On the other hand, there were a couple areas of concern and some that need to step it up when given another chance once fall camp begins.
We all know about Johnny Manziel, and yes, he did have a wonderful performance in the event. But who are some of the other players who made an impact? Where there any major disappointments?
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the 2013 maroon and white game.
Winner: Reggie Chevis, LB
Much of the talk of the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class had to do with the offensive side of the ball, but linebacker Reggie Chevis really made his impact felt. Flying all over the field, Chevis did a good job in run support and showed why he is considered one of the top recruits for the Aggies this season.
Bleacher Report's Michael Taglienti also liked what he saw from the young man:
Halftime thoughts: Reggie Chevis is solid against the run but struggles to cover the Ags RBs out of the backfield (most LBs will) #AGGIES— Michael Taglienti (@miketag98) April 13, 2013
Struggling to cover the Aggies running backs isn't that big of a deal when you consider the overall athleticism and speed those guys have. You are just happy they are on your team. But from a run support standpoint and seeing a freshman as polished as he is early on, Chevis had an impressive spring game and should be used quite a bit in the upcoming season.
Winner: Brandon Williams, RB
As if the Aggies needed another offensive weapon to help out quarterback Manziel, it looks like they found one in running back Brandon Williams. A transfer from Oklahoma, Williams was quite impressive in his opportunities.
A shifty runner in the open field, Williams did a nice job of showing off his moves, and he did an incredible job of slipping out of the backfield and hauling in a few passes. There was one play were he reversed field and scored what looked like an effortless touchdown.
There have been whispers throughout the spring about his playmaking ability, but Williams really showed in limited time that he can be that game-changing running back to give this offense yet another spark.
Loser: Backup QBs
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After watching the spring game, I think it is pretty safe to say that the battle for the quarterback position will remain just that heading into the fall. Both Mike Davis and Matt Joeckel struggled to move the ball with any consistency, and the pace of the game really died once Manziel was removed from the action.
Davis showed off his terrific athleticism by rolling out of the pocket at times, but he also showed off a subpar arm and made questionable decisions with the ball. Joeckel looked like the better quarterback at certain points of the game, but he had a hard time with consistency and wasn't as sharp as you would have liked.
The good thing is that Texas A&M has arguably the best quarterback in the country leading the way. Unfortunately, there is questionable depth behind him.
Winner: Derel Walker, WR
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Wide receiver was somewhat of a question mark heading into the offseason. Well, Derel Walker did his best to kind of quiet those concerns.
Walker looked quicker than ever on the football field and seemed to be building some much important chemistry with Manziel. He caught numerous passes throughout the game, including a touchdown early in the first quarter.
The former JUCO transfer wasn't much of a contributor last season, hauling in just eight receptions for 85 yards. However, he displayed sure hands in this game and could see significant playing time if he is able to keep it up.
Loser: No. 2 Defense
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Maybe it was the fact this unit had to go up against Manziel and the arsenal of weapons around him. Or maybe it was the fact that it was a spring game and guys just didn't want to play with that extra effort and end up increasing the possibility of somebody getting hurt.
But come on, guys!
Manziel went up and down the field with ease the entire game, leading his unit to five straight scores on the first five possessions. While sacks weren't allowed in the game, nobody even got close to the reigning Heisman quarterback unless Manziel was the one running to a defender. Receivers were running open all day long, and it was almost like guys weren't fighting hard enough for playing time.
Maybe I'm being a little hard on the guys. After all, it was just a spring game that shouldn't hold much weight. However, you would have liked to see a little bit more of an honest effort on the defensive side of the ball.
Winner: Texas A&M Football
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The first reason Texas A&M came out as an overall winner is because there were no injuries on the field. Nobody needed a cart to get off the field, the referrers did a good job of blowing the whistle and the team looks healthy moving into fall camp. The No. 1 issue with these spring games is safety, and it is always a victory when nobody gets hurt.
Another thing to be happy about if you are an Aggies fan is the fact that a record has been broken, according to Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
#TAMU officials announce attendance of 45,212 for spring game. This is record for an Aggies spring game— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) April 13, 2013
Texas A&M football has clearly reached new levels, and the excitement is insane for the upcoming season. The fanbase showed up in a big way, and this has been yet another step in the right direction for this SEC program.