The Texas A&M football team will have to replace the school's all-time leading receiver in 2013. Whether the Aggies are able to replace the departed Ryan Swope will help determine if the 2013 team can match its success from 2012.
Swope left Aggieland as the career leader in receiving yards and receptions. He also holds school records for receptions in a season and receiving yards in a season.
When the various media outlets and pundits make their preseason rankings of college football teams, they tend to base them on how the team performed in the previous year. They do not take into consideration how the change in chemistry and loss in leadership affect a team.
It is a flawed system where teams are rewarded for their performance during the previous season. That is why every year there are teams that struggle to make bowls, yet are ranked in the top 10 in the preseason.
Whether the Ags can live up to their preseason rankings will be largely determined by how they replace the leadership and timely plays that Swope and the other seniors made in 2012.
This is a look at the various ways the Aggies will replace Ryan Swope in 2013.