The Texas A&M football team had one of the worst defenses in the country in 2013 but should be improved with more experience and depth in 2014. The injuries, suspensions and player dismissals on defense this spring will hamper the units' progress heading into the fall.
In 2013, the Aggies defense ranked among the worst in the country. They started true freshmen at nose tackle, linebacker and in the secondary.
In 2014, the Aggies were supposed to reap the rewards of suffering through the youthful mistakes on defense in 2013. Football players tend to make quantum leaps between their first and second year in a program as their gains in experience and strength make them a more viable collegiate athlete.
That natural progression has been interrupted for many on the Aggies defense. With the departure of quarterback Johnny Manziel to the NFL draft, the Aggies are not going to be able to lean on the offense as much in 2014 as they did in 2013.
The defense has to step up and make more timely stops if they are going to win more football games. This is a look at some of the issues that will hinder the Aggies' progress on defense this spring.