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A&M QB Jerrod Johnson will be a force in the Big XII this season
With the loss of quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy to the NFL, the race for the top spot in the Big XII South is wide open.
Texas A&M struggled last season, going 6-7 on the season and finishing 3-5 in conference play, but there are some big reasons to be optimistic in College Station this season.
The biggest reason is the Aggies starting quarterback, a 6'5", 245-pound mountain of a man with a rocket for an arm, Jerrod Johnson.
Johnson finished last season completing 59.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,579 yards and 30 touchdowns to just eight interceptions.
Johnson put the ball in the air a lot last season for the A&M offense, attempting 497 passes, and this year figures to be no different.
The Aggies liked to spread the ball around on offense, as nine receiver had at least 15 catches last season.
Wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu should be Johnson's favorite target this season, as he is the leading returning at the position after catching 40 balls for 708 yards and six touchdowns a season ago.
The A&M defense will need to show major improvement from last season if they are going to challenge in the South this season.
The Aggies' defense gave up an average of 33.5 points per game last season, ranking them 105th in the country.
This season the defense will be led sack-artist Von Miller, who fills the DE/LB spot for the Aggies and is a terror to contend with for opposing offensive lines.
Miller was named to the Lombardi Award watch list which is given annually to the best player at either linebacker, defensive line or offensive line.
Miller will almost certainly be a first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and the Aggies will need him to be at his best in every contest if they are going to be successful this season.
The Aggies have work to do, but if they can come together on defense, they will have a shot at the Big XII South title and possibly even a BCS Bowl.