Mike Sherman has the Aggies on the rise, despite their 5-5 record and some questionable losses this year. They have had a roller coaster season to say the least, getting hammered by OU and Arkansas, but also beating Texas Tech in Lubbock for the first time since 1993.
The Aggies have played 17 freshmen in some capacity this year and are only going to improve next season. Jerrod Johnson's status will be the key to having an average season or making a run at the Big 12 title.
Johnson has had a spectacular season, despite the struggles of the team. He has tossed 22 touchdowns compared to only five interceptions, along with seven rushing touchdowns. His emergence as one of the elite QBs in the country might convince him he is ready for the NFL.
Assuming they keep everyone who is not a senior, the Aggies will retain 16 starters; seven offensive and nine defensive.
Jeff Fuller, Ryan Tannehill, Cyrus Gray, Uzoma Nwachukwu, and Christine Michael will provide Johnson with a fantastic arsenal of weapons, assuming he decides to stay. The prospect of having these players at his disposal might just be a reason for him to stay.
Michael was one of the best recruits the Aggies have gotten in a long while, and he has not disappointed backing up Cyrus Gray.
The defense is very young and it has shown this season, but they have gotten some serious experience. If Joe Kines can improve their defense, they will be one of the best teams in the country; but that is a pretty tall order.
Sherman has been hitting the recruiting trail hard and putting to rest the idea that he can't take the grind of being a college coach. Last year they had a top 25 class and this year they have a top 15 class.
The big problem this year has been the inconsistent play by the offensive line. He is attempting to fix that by signing four offensive lineman—all of whom are four-star recruits.
The headliner of the class is Jake Matthews, son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. With three seniors on the offensive line, Matthews will definitely come in and help a unit that has been pretty bad all year.
The Aggies have been in a long drought since firing R.C. Slocum, but Mike Sherman looks like he will lead them back to the Promised Land.