The Aggies will lose six starters to graduation from the offense and defense.
The Aggies only lose 10 total players from their two-deep to graduation. That means that in theory, the Aggies will return 46 of the 56 players atop their depth chart from 2013.
The 2013 squad was a very young team, and the Aggies will benefit from all the experience gained by those young players in 2014. Both sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel and sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans are expected to declare early for the NFL Draft.
Texas A&M junior offensive linemen Cedric Ogbuehi and Jarvis Harrison may also weigh their NFL options. If they both leave early for the NFL, then it will be a huge blow to the Aggies' offense in 2014.
If Ogbuehi and Harrison return, then the Aggies will return four of their starting five offensive linemen. Manziel will be gone from under center and will likely be replaced by Kenny Hill at quarterback.
If Ogbuehi returns, he will flip over to the left tackle spot vacated by All-American Jake Matthews. The right tackle spot will likely be filled by incoming junior college recruit Jermaine Eluemanor.
The Aggie will lose running back Ben Malena to graduation. He will likely be replaced by Trey Williams or Tra Carson as the starter.
The wide receiver position will lose Travis Labhart and Derel Walker to graduation. They will also likely lose Evans to the NFL.
LaQuvionte Gonzalez will step in at the slot for Labhart. Edward Pope and Ricky Seals-Jones will replace Walker and Evans on the outside.
If Hill is named the starter at quarterback, do not be surprised to see his former high school teammate Sabian Holmes step up at slot receiver.
On defense, the Aggies will lose outside linebacker Steven Jenkins to graduation. Tommy Sanders is listed as the backup on the depth chart, but he will need to gain some weight if he wants to start in 2014.
Tony Hurd Jr. is a senior and the current starter at the nickelback. Noel Ellis started in place of Hurd for a few games in 2013, and should take over that role full-time in 2014.
The Aggies will return all four starters on the defensive line in 2014. Aggie fans should expect to see a lot of changes at the position.
Isaiah Golden will return as the starter at nose guard. Ivan Robinson and Alonzo Williams both spent time as the starter at defensive tackle, but do not be surprised if neither start there in 2014.
Hardreck Walker, Justin Manning and Jay Arnold will compete for playing time at the defensive tackle spot. Williams will likely move back to strong-side defensive end where he spent his freshman season in 2012.
If Williams moves back to end, do not be surprised to see Gavin Stansbury move from the strong-side defensive end over to weak-side defensive end in 2014. He showed some pass-rushing ability when lined up on the weak side in 2013 and led the team with three sacks.
Stansbury may be a placeholder on the weak side while incoming recruits Myles Garrett and Qualen Cunningham find their legs. The Aggies did not have an effective pass rush in 2013, so expect the coaches to move some players around in an attempt to create pressure in 2014.
At linebacker, the entire lineup is in flux.
A lot will depend on where the coaches decide to play Claiborne. He started at middle linebacker for much of the season and tied for the team lead with 89 tackles on the year.
Claiborne is an instinctive player who should be an All-SEC caliber linebacker once he adds some weight to his frame. There is the possibility that the coaches will move him from the middle to the weak side in 2014.
If that happens, then expect to see Jordan Mastrogiovanni and Reggie Chevis fight it out for the starting spot in the middle. Chevis may also factor into the competition at weak-side defensive end.
The strong-side outside linebacker position will be manned by Shaan Washington. Brett Wade redshirted during the 2013 season, and should factor in the competition with Sanders for the starting spot on the weak side.
If 2014 recruit Hoza Scott is in Aggieland in the fall, then do not be surprised to see him starting on the weak side by season's end.
The Aggie secondary returns intact.
Do not be surprised to see changes at safety where Kameron Miles, Victor Davis and Jonathan Wiggins will compete with returning starters Howard Matthews and Floyd Raven for playing time. Incoming recruit Dylan Sumner-Gardner may factor into the safety rotation.