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    Sharing info with you guys on A&M

    I posted this last week on Baylorfans and anyone wanting info on them should be able to find it here.

    Obviously written from a BU perspective so please understand that going in.

    Quote Originally Posted by My post on Baylorfans
    So it's the Battle of the Brazos again... only A&M is gone after this year so clearly their well chronicled efforts to get the SEC's attention worked.





    (Credit Prevail and Ride for MS Paints)

    Now onto the football...

    OFFENSIVE SCHEME:

    A&M runs essentially a pro multiple offense with a lot of zone runs. They will throw every "normal" formation at you from the I, to empty, etc.

    They also add QB read plays and have used both the old OU shovel pass (stationary behind the line) and the Urban Meyer version where it's essentially an inverted option pitch. Have not seen this team read off a different defender other than the backside DE and have not seen them run the inverted read that 4 of our opponents did.

    They use the typical spread pass patterns and bubbles that we have seen in the pass game and also have a good under center pass game.

    Will also motion either a TE or slot WR Swope in as a fullback and use them as lead blockers from time to time.

    Will probably be the best offense we have seen since TCU.

    OFFENSIVE LINEUP

    A&M's QB is converted WR Ryan Tannehill. He's a tall lanky guy with his WR speed much like we already faced with KSU QB Colin Klein who also was a former big WR.

    He's gonna be as good as we have seen throwing it. He's got a legit NFL shot but still is growing into QB as half his career was at WR. Smart guy with the athleticism to make all the throws and threaten a D on the ground. He had a 65 yard TD early in the OSU game and repeatedly hurt TT on the QB read and also Arkansas.

    RBs are Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael. Both run hard and have good speed. Michael is a bit stronger and Gray is a little quicker. Michael is on par with anyone we see this year.

    WRs are very good and the 2 key guys are #25 Ryan Swope and #8 Jeff Fuller who is a size/speed guy like Julio Jones or Hakeem Nicks. Swope is their primary slot guy and does everything from line up at WR, RB, FB, you name it. He can run and break tackles well. Fuller worries me based on what ISU's Reynolds was able to do against our CBs.

    TE- 3 different guys who are all decent all around guys. No Jeremy Shockeys here but all bring solid games.

    OL- This group has 4 of 5 back from last year when they were very young. Absolutely owned SMU and Tech's DL.

    DEFENSIVE SCHEME:

    A&M hired Tim DeRuyter last year from Air Force who runs a 3-4 defense modeled after the Steeler defense run by his mentor Dick LeBeau who revolutionized a lot of the zone blitz tactics we see commonly used now.
    Article on LeBeau- Dick LeBeau, Dom Capers and the evolution of defense | Smart Football

    A&M will line up with a typical 3-4 front usually. (credit Midnight Yell blog for the pics of the Ag defense that follow)





    They will respond to 3 or more WR in 2 ways depending on coverage. They will keep the front like it is above if they only have 1 safety deep or they will slide SLB Sean Porter over the slot WR like the following image if they want 2 deep safeties.



    A look they break out usually against long yardage downs is essentially a 2-4-5 with the OLBs as de-facto DEs.


    and is pretty much what we saw from all but ISU as they played 4-2-5...



    They will almost always bring 4 guys, the trick is which 4. They will be the most attacking blitz-oriented team we have faced yet. They will blitz anyone from anywhere if they need to. They like to overload blitz one side of a formation and drop an extra guy on the opposite side and have had success with it. They also caused an incompletion and forced a FG when they blitzed 7 guys vs OSU and FS Trent Hunter came unblocked vs 6 blockers.

    DEFENSIVE LINEUP

    They run 3 big 300 pounders up front. Primarily these guys are there to defend the run like most 3-4 DL.

    Linebacker is 3 different types. They have 2 inside backers in #8 Garrick Williams and #11 Stewart who both run well and are used in pass rush less than the OLBs.

    Jack linebacker is where Top 5 NFL pick Von Miller played last year and is the OLB who takes on more of an undersized DE role who occasionally stands up to cover. Their 2 guys 94 Damontre Moore and 47 Caleb Russell are similar players to ISU's DE Latimer who can speed rush well but won't usually have success taking OL head on.

    Strongside Linebacker Sean Porter is IMO their best LB. He's fast and is more of a cover guy than their other OLBs. He is the guy they put over a slot WR when they keep 2 safeties deep.

    Secondary is very fast and the same guys as last year. Top 3 CBs are Coryell Judie, Terrance Frederick, and Dustin Harris. All of them are smaller guys with legit speed.

    So if the DBs are so good why are they the #99 total defense and 119 in pass D so far?

    When you blitz you have to get there. If you don't, you get hurt. Recently former Steeler RB Jerome Bettis was on Cowherd's show and here is my hurried attempt at quoting him. He puts it perfectly when asked whether the Steeler D had lost a step that year after the Pats whipped them.



    Well said Bus. The problem A&M has had is that when their blitzes work... they work and when they get picked up the Ags get picked apart. Ok State handled A&M's pass rush for most of the day, Tech did the same, and Arky got things figured out in half 2. The fact of the matter is that against quality athletes at OL who can stop their bull rush the A&M DL who are bigger guys won't threaten you with speed rush moves. This essentially means OLBs and DBs who can't get power rushes on any consistent basis are having to hope they can slip by the pass protection as they are DOA if the OL can get position on them.

    End result is good QBs with time and spread passing games ripping the defense apart. Same thing happened to Alabama against Utah in a recent Sugar Bowl.

    Special Teams

    Solid kicker and punter and returners. Turned the TT game on a blocked FG for a TD.

    Game by Game

    SMU- 2 early picks by SMU ended this one as they had to be flawless against A&Ms superior linemen.

    A&M offense simply pushed around SMU's 3 big DL and after that it was over as the rest of the undersized SMU players stood no chance.

    On the other side of the ball SMU had some success when protection was there but frequently struggled with 2 things.
    1- Blitz pickup: A&M got them on a few
    2- Limited OL athleticism: They were outclassed physically

    Here is what you will see in the video below.
    Sack 1 was weaker RG getting beaten. SLB came from over slot and Jack LB dropped. DTs slanted. QB Padron panics right into rush lane after TJE pushed RG back.
    INT 1 was a no-pressure pick vs Man free. You gotta be kidding me on that decision.
    Sack 2 was a 5 man blitz. Looping aggie picked up by RB but enough to freak out Padron who then was nailed by Blitzer who was CB fredrick. LB and DB come as well as a guy who may be jack/DE
    INT 2- No pressure vs 4 man rush and Padron steps up to hit a wide open Cole Beasley in the deep middle but sends it 6 feet over his head. You gotta be kidding me version 2.0
    Sack 3- DE Jerod-Edie crosses behind double team of DT to ditch RT and it frees a guy up. McDermott holds the ball for a full 4 seconds which is not acceptable against a team who blitzes.
    Sack 4- Blitz picked up except Zack Line overpowered by OLB Porter. Assignment fine, 1 on 1 win that hopefully Ganaway will do better at.
    QB Drilled on 4th down throw in 3q- LG helps C with DT and LT takes OLB. Leaves ILB with a clean alley to the QB and he makes it count.
    Sack 5- DT eddie brown pushed Center around. Talent issue.
    Sack 6- Loop stunt sends TJE free
    Sack 7- SMU's RG is tossed around like a rag doll. Assignment pickup was good but talent mismatch was the issue.
    Sack 8- Assignment right but DT literally pancakes the RG and hammers QB.

    SMU had success running it against the 6 man fronts ATM showed but the frequent protection issues kept them in check.

    HIGHLIGHTS FOR BOTH A&M AND SMU
    SMU @ Texas A&M 2011 - YouTube


    Idaho
    They grow potatoes. They are really bad at football. Next.

    Ok State

    A&M jumps to an early lead on a 65 yard QB zone read keeper and hit Fuller for a TD against the center third defender when OSU was in Cover 3. Hung 20 points in the first half.

    OSU got in their own way in half 1. Their drives:

    1 Long FG drive
    2 Illegal block on RB was not needed. Caused end of drive
    3 Hands to the face drive takes OSU to long yardage where they sputter
    4 3rd & 4 thrown behind RB after 51 yard drive and no qb pressure. No points.
    5 Hail mary sack after 2 missed open Outs to Cooper could have gotten them closer before the half ends.

    So it's not like it's a bunch of unaided 3 and outs.

    Half 2 OSU simply starts clicking on offense and forces 3 turnovers. A&M marches for 1 second half TD but OSU hangs 27 points on them and could have had 7 more except OSU's Blackmon fumbled the ball through the end zone for a touchback when he had a TD for certain.

    A&M struggled to pressure the QB. They had 3 sacks, all in long yardage setups and none in typical down and distance scenarios.

    The turnovers were:
    1- Fumble by a WR running for more yards
    2- INT when Fuller slipped
    3- INT when slot defender came unblocked on a blitz and hurried Tannehill who did not see 2 guys.
    4- Ended ATMs last gasp.

    OSU also had a strange 39 yard run backwards for a safety for A&M's final points in a clock control tactic.

    And Mike Gundy danced.

    Highlights
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a-go...eature=related




    Arkansas



    A&M started off with lots of big plays but Arky struggled with 3 things early on:
    1- Tackles: 2 missed on 2 Michael TDs and a blown zone read assignment almost immediately totaled almost 100 yds.
    2- Losing contain on run plays
    3- Blitz pickup: Their QB was getting killed

    Before the half ended their coach Petrino said they thought they solved the protection issue and in the 2nd half the Hogs made it count. They hit big plays in the air and the gambling Aggie D was shredded. They did enough to stop the Aggie run game and pulled off the 2nd comeback by an A&M opponent in as many weeks.

    Arkansas vs. Texas A&M 2011 - YouTube

    Texas Tech

    This honestly was a game where neither offense was consistently stopped. Tech's pass protection and quick throws put A&M in a bind and Tech's undersized front was pushed around by the A&M OL. Tech was able to do some things with more guys coming to the line to help the run D but 1 on 1 were pretty beaten.

    Game turned on 2 plays-
    1- WR Torres drops a TD
    2- A&M blocks the ensuing FG and returns the blocked FG for a TD

    If Torres catches it we probably are facing an A&M team with 3 straight losses.

    Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M Football Highlights - YouTube

    2010 Matchup

    Baylor creases A&M for 2 long TDs on their way to 30 points. 2 missed FGs, 1 blocked FG, and a kickoff return touchdown give a 16 point swing in a game that was decided by 12 points. A&M got key stops on short yardage under center option plays by Von Miller and Baylor self destructed in the 2nd half much like A&M certainly felt like they did against Arkansas and OSU this year.

    What should we expect?

    A high scoring game. Both offenses should have a big day if they play up to standard.

    What are the concerns for Baylor?

    1a- Holding up against their OL: Not only pass rush but also being able to stop A&M's run game without having to commit so many defenders where Tannehill gets favorable passing matchups and tons of time.

    1b- Not letting them keep drives alive with 17's legs: His scrambling ability is also a concern as ISU's Jantz, Rice's McHargue, and KSU's Klein made some effective plays this way. ISU got several 1st downs off of this.

    1c- Blitz pickup and RG3 holding the ball too long, only part of their D that worries me any more than the usual turnovers, penalties, etc that comes with any game. A&M is talented but if our pass pro is working right against their base 3-4 personnel we should have some solid results.

    2- Special teams... it turned the 2010 game and the 2011 ATM-Tech game. BU has been bad at covering kicks and it let TCU back in what should have been a settled game.

    What are the concerns for A&M?

    Can they pressure RG3 and not leave the scrambling lanes or throwing lanes wide open?

    Can they avoid the second half collapse? Almost happened in Lubbock after it did happen against OSU and Arky.

    We will see what happens before this does...


    Against us they got us on a few blitzes and shut our run down for the most part. Our guys didn't play very well in pass pro and it is the biggest key to beating that defense.

    Our pass game was working most of the day (410 yds, 70% complete, 4 TDs) but the 2 areas already mentioned hurt us in the red zone. We missed a chip shot FG and then went for it later on 4th as a result and ended up with 2 long empty drives.

    Defensively we didn't play well. We blew 2 coverages for long TDs, missed a tackle on WR Swope for another long score, and in the 2nd half our DLine was out of gas. We still would have given up 30 or so points without those mistakes but it certainly took us out of the game earlier.

    Pulling for you guys but I think they beat you in this one.

    PS- I Did not see your MU game yet but will be watching a replay of it soon.


    (Actual link is here if you want to read the further discussion on the post. After watching all but their Idaho blowout, thoughts on the Ags)


    Last edited by Sammy11; 10-17-2011 at 08:24 AM.

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    Re: Sharing info with you guys on A&M

    Quote Originally Posted by Sammy11 View Post
    I posted this last week on Baylorfans and anyone wanting info on them should be able to find it here.

    Obviously written from a BU perspective so please understand that going in.





    Against us they got us on a few blitzes and shut our run down for the most part. Our guys didn't play very well in pass pro and it is the biggest key to beating that defense.

    Our pass game was working most of the day (410 yds, 70% complete, 4 TDs) but the 2 areas already mentioned hurt us in the red zone. We missed a chip shot FG and then went for it later on 4th as a result and ended up with 2 long empty drives.

    Defensively we didn't play well. We blew 2 coverages for long TDs, missed a tackle on WR Swope for another long score, and in the 2nd half our DLine was out of gas. We still would have given up 30 or so points without those mistakes but it certainly took us out of the game earlier.

    Pulling for you guys but I think they beat you in this one.

    PS- I Did not see your MU game yet but will be watching a replay of it soon.


    (Actual link is here if you want to read the further discussion on the post. After watching all but their Idaho blowout, thoughts on the Ags)
    Thanks for the report. I enjoy your write-ups.

    With our recent offensive line struggles, A & M's blitzes are not what I want to see.

    For the first time this year our team gave in to early adversity against Missouri. Injuries and adversity have taken a toll on our team. It will be interesting to see how they respond going forward. I suspect they will bounce back, but the schedule is so tough it may be tough to find a victory.



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