Luke Joeckel, OT
Joeckel's gotten plenty of play after making a big impact this spring as an early-enrolling freshman. The Arlington, Texas, native and blue-chip recruit will likely take control of the left tackle spot for the Aggies, and should hold it down for at least three seasons.
"He's unflappable. ... He's 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds and a great athlete. ... I hate to talk like this about a dang freshman -- I'm entitled to change my opinion, right? But if we were playing tomorrow, he'd be my starting left tackle," said Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman.
Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson completed 296 passes last season; there's a lot to go around. Uzoma Nwachukwu, Jeff Fuller and Ryan Tannehill will catch plenty of them, but so will Swope and McNeal, Texas A&M's two slot receivers. The two combined to catch 25 passes last season for 269 yards and two scores, but they should be more productive this year and Johnson feels comfortable with and is impressed by both. Texas A&M will move the ball in a lot of different ways this season. Swope and McNeal will help do it.
Brian Thomas, OT
The Aggies are replacing three starters on the offensive line, and both tackles could be first-year starters. Thomas, a sophomore, played sparingly in 11 games on special teams last year, but finished the spring as the starter at right tackle. The offensive line is the one thing that could derail the Aggies' offense, but if it meets or exceeds last year's numbers, Thomas and Joeckel will be big reasons why.
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