After a very exciting spring game for the Texas A&M Aggies, we learned a couple of things.
The Maroon team defeated the White team 43-23 on Saturday with a record-setting attendance of over 45,000 fans, according to the Aggies' Twitter account:
Today's attendance: 45,212, a spring game school record. Thank you #12thMan!— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) April 13, 2013
Along with the solid turnout, there were a couple of other things to take away from the game.
Johnny Manziel Is Still Really Good
After what Johnny Football did on Saturday, it’s safe to say that he isn’t primed for a sophomore slump.
The 2012 Heisman winner had a great game. He finished 24-of-30 passing for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He picked the defense apart through the air, not even worrying about running out of the pocket, using his feet three times for 18 yards.
Some were worried that all of the offseason antics would hurt Manziel when it was time to come back and prepare for next season. From doing trick shots with Dude Perfect to hanging out with Rob Gronkowski, fans were beginning to worry.
Fortunately for the Aggies, it looks like Manziel is going to be just fine.
The Running Backs Are Looking Good
The Aggies didn’t work Ben Malena much out of the backfield. He only carried the ball three times, but that gave the backups a chance to get some work in.
After watching the game, it looks like the Aggies have a bit of depth at the position.
Brandon Williams and Trey Williams both had solid games. Brandon had seven carries for 59 yards and a score, while Trey put up 67 more yards and another touchdown on seven carries.
Even Manziel was happy about the depth at running back. According to SportsIllustrated.com, he had this to say about his running backs:
"He's impressive," Manziel said of Brandon Williams. "He works hard and he's one of my favorite people on the entire team. You have Ben (Malena) who is a workhorse, and then you've got Trey Williams who is just a freak of an athlete and Tra Carson. They all run different packages and they're all competing with each other to see who's on the field more. It's rare to see that."
With so many weapons, this offense should be exciting to watch this coming season.
Defense Is Beginning to Improve
The defense struggled in the spring game, but there are still some positives to take away from the game.
The biggest concern for the defense heading into the scrimmage was how much the loss of Damontre Moore would impact the defensive line. After watching the scrimmage, the D-line played pretty well. It may not be at the level it was at by the end of last season, but it certainly looked better than it did at the beginning of last year. The defense also saw some good plays by guys like Donnie Baggs at linebacker and Howard Matthews at safety.
While the defense still isn’t looking like an elite squad, there were still some good things to take away from Saturday’s game.