The Texas A&M football team returns 14 starters from a team that went 9-4 in 2013. If they want to improve on that record in 2014, then they are going to need a number of true freshmen to step in and make significant contributions.
The Aggies need immediate help at wide receiver, on the defensive line and at linebacker. There is also the small matter of finding a starting quarterback.
Texas A&M was a very young team in 2013. Head coach Kevin Sumlin made the decision to go with talented youth over experience and had 14 true freshmen in the two-deep who saw significant action.
The Aggies will again be forced to rely on true freshmen to step in and, in many cases, assume starting roles in order for the 2014 season to be a success. Texas A&M will put a young team on the field again, but the level of talent that is present should help overcome some of the inexperience.
This is a look at the freshmen who the coaches need to see shine in fall practices.