"BYE" THE NUMBERS
A&M has put up some eye-catching totals en route to a 4-1 start
by Will Johnson '01
Texas A&M Football Show
Well, where do you start when it comes to the digits the Ags are putting up?
How about here.
- Jake Matthews
A&M, as a team, has scored over 40 points in their last eight games, easily a school record.
“Coach Sumlin stresses it—that we have all the talent that we need to go out and win every game,” senior offensive lineman Jake Matthews said. “The biggest thing is that we can’t beat ourselves. Especially from an offensive point of view I think that really holds true because if we don’t get stupid penalties or turn the ball over, we’re going to score.”
Many say that Johnny Manziel is better this year than last.
Statistics would bolster that argument…or at least tell you that he’s more productive.
Last year, Johnny led A&M to a score on 58 percent of the drives he quarterbacked. This season, that figure is up, as he’s QB’d the Ags to a score 65 percent of the time. He’s been on the field for 46 drives, 30 of them leading to points.
The Aggies are still throwing the first punch, scoring on their opening possession in four of five games They’ve taken the initial lead in 17 of Coach Sumlin’s 18 games as head coach.
“We just have a good game plan,” Manziel said. “The coaches do a great job of trying to put us in good positions early, and we just come out and try and execute. We want to start fast and finish strong.”
Mike Evans? Magnificent. 24.7 yards per reception.
The FBS record for yards per catch for players who caught more than 50 passes in one season is 24.4, set by Henry Ellard of Fresno State in 1982…31 years ago. Mike will likely get to 50 catches this season. Can he keep up the pace to set the record?
The other side of the ball? DeShazor Everett. He can match Evans in the big-play department, having a hand in three game-changers in the last four contests.
“Every day I go out, I just want to make plays,” Everett said. “I can’t say that I have the knack for it, but I have the want-to. I definitely want to make big plays every time I’m on the field.”
The defense hasn’t necessarily been lights out, but they have made some very key stops—ranking in the top 50 nationally in red zone defense and in the top 25 in turnovers gained.
A&M will be just fine if they keep that up.
Finally, Drew Kaser has kicked his way on to the scene. Kaser doesn’t have enough punts to rank nationally among individuals, but the Aggies as a team rank 19th in net punting.
So there’s a look at the Ags ‘Bye’ the numbers, during the bye week.
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