I know it is only a spring game and we aren't supposed to put much stock into it, but the Texas A&M offense looks unstoppable. For a team that led the SEC last season with 558 yards a game, this is scary news for the rest of the conference.
Could this unit be even better than it was a season ago?
If you watched any part of the spring game, you would probably say yes.
Johnny Manziel looked better than he did last year. It looks like his accuracy has improved from his freshman year, as he put the ball right on the numbers with nearly every throw. He did a nice job of scanning the field and threw the football with terrific velocity, giving defenders little time to react.
OK, so he was playing against the No. 2 defense, and there wasn't one defender who got close to him when he dropped back in the pocket. But still, he looked sharp on every play, which is impressive for somebody who spent much of the offseason being a celebrity at various events.
But enough about "Johnny Football" for a second. The real reason this offense looks better than it did last year is the running game. Last year, running back Ben Malena did a nice job, averaging close to five yards a carry as a decent change-of-pace back..
This year, Texas A&M has speedsters who must be accounted for by the defense every time they are on the field. Sure, Malena will still be around, but the combination of Trey Williams and Brandon Williams is going to give defensive coordinators nightmares.
Aggies fans already were familiar with Trey, but Brandon was one of the standouts in the spring game. Touching the ball at various points of the game, he was effective in both the run and the pass, as he displayed soft hands and the ability to haul in the football. He showed quick feet on a touchdown run, reversing the field and outrunning the defenders to the corner of the end zone.
With Brandon's knack for the big play, the backfield for this offense just got that much stronger.
Last season, the Aggies ran the ball 533 times, but 201 of those rushing attempts were from Manziel. This should no longer be the case, as there are more than enough backs who can help remove some of the pressure for Manziel to perform. He will still get his rushes, but now the team can include more standard running plays in the playbook.
The wide receiver position also looks like it has improved from a year ago. Mike Evans will continue to lead the way as the go-to guy, but you have to be impressed with senior Derel Walker's performance in the spring game. He looked like he was in the best shape of his life, created separation on a consistent basis and caught everything Manziel threw his way. If Walker can continue that type of production, the Aggies have another legitimate wideout on the outside.
Will the offense be better in 2013?
Up until now, I haven't even mentioned 2013 recruits JaQuay Williams and Cameron Clear. Williams did a nice job of catching in traffic at the end of the second quarter, and Clear got open for a touchdown but ended up dropping the football. Still, these two talented recruits lived up to expectations. In the fall camp, Texas A&M fans will have the chance to see other talented receivers in Ricky Seals-Jones and Laquvionte Gonzalez.
Manziel was already tough to stop as it was; now he has speedy running backs who can catch the football. Life just got that much more difficult for SEC linebackers. The Aggies have also surrounded him with talented and long receivers, which forces the opposing secondary to pay even more attention to the passing game instead of creeping up to stop the run.
Again, it was only a spring game, and nobody should put that much into the outcome of a glorified scrimmage. But the second-team defense has been playing against the first-team offense for the last month. And while the Alabama and LSU defenses will be much more challenging, this was a positive start for Aggies fans.
Spring game or not, the Texas A&M offense looks better than it did a year ago.