The Texas A&M football team has completed its second week of fall camp, and some themes have started to emerge. The Aggies will be improved on defense, but how much they are improved remains to be seen.
The central theme that most prognosticators have been hitting on during the offseason has been that the Aggies will take a step back on the field because their offense will drop off without quarterback Johnny Manziel at the helm. They also expect the defense will still struggle to be effective.
Most pundits are ignoring the fact that the Aggies played a lot of freshmen on defense in 2013, and they will improve simply through maturing. There will not be as many busts because those sophomores will have a better understanding of the defense, and they will be more physically prepared to face off against SEC offenses.
The defense—particularly the front four—should be improved in 2014. This is a look at that defensive improvement and a few other things that have become apparent during the second week of fall camp.