The Texas A&M football team defeated the Rice Owls 52-31 on Saturday in their home opener of the 2013 college football season. The Aggies had multiple players make their first career start due to suspensions on both sides of the ball.
Players come and go as part of the college football cycle. Seniors graduate and freshmen come in to try to make their own mark on the program every year. The 2013 season opener was different for the Aggies because they had their quarterback suspended for a half, and multiple defensive players were suspended for either half of or the entire first game.
With the typical attrition due to graduation and the suspensions, the Aggies' starting lineup had 12 first-time starters in it. That is a lot of turnover for a college football team.
The Rice Owls featured a veteran lineup with 19 returning starters. The Aggies were able to weather a quick start by the Owls and eventually pulled away in the second half.
This is a look at how all of those first-time starters performed against Rice.