Texas A&M Football: The State of the Program After the 2013 Season

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Texas A&M Football: The State of the Program After the 2013 Season
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The Texas A&M football team ended the regular season with an 8-4 regular season and ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll.

It was a disappointing season for a team that entered the year with national title aspirations, but the future for the program is very bright. 

The Aggies' season started ominously when they had multiple players suspended before their first game. The loss of these defensive starters created a domino effect from which the defense never recovered.

The suspensions, coupled with multiple starters not playing to the coaches expectations, resulted in the Aggies putting their worst defense on the field in quite some time.

The defense's inability to come up with a timely stop, or a stop of any kind, forced the offense to have to score on almost every possession in order to win games. 

Towards the end of the season, key injuries on offense and questionable play-calling caused the offense to bog down. The result was a season that did not live up to the expectations of pundits and Aggie fans alike. 

When veteran players like sophomore defensive end Julien Obioha and junior linebacker Donnie Baggs failed to produce on the field, the defense struggled to stop anyone. The coaches were forced to play freshmen before they were ready to be on the field. 

This force-feeding of playing time to the youth in the program will benefit the Aggies down the road. Freshman starters like Isaiah Golden and Darian Claiborne will be better prepared to be difference makers in 2014. 

The Aggies' sacrifices will pay off in 2014 and going forward with a much improved defense.

You win in the Southeastern Conference by winning the battle in the trenches. The Aggies will be a much stronger team at the point of attack in 2014. 

This is a look at the status of the program after the 2013 regular season. 

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