The Kevin Sumlin touch was on display for all to see last Saturday in Texas A&M's spring game, as the White (offense) outlasted the Maroon (defense) 48-44 in the Aggies' annual Maroon & White spring game at Kyle Field before more than 15,000 fans.
The offense, showcasing the up-tempo style that short-circuited a lot of scoreboards while Sumlin was at Houston, ran more than 100 plays in the first half. Senior receiver Ryan Swope had two long touchdown catches of 63 and 50 yards. Swope, who had 11 touchdown catches last season, finished the spring game with eight catches for 156 yards.
Both quarterbacks had their moments, but there were also times when the offense stalled once it crossed the 50. Overall, sophomore Jameill Showers probably had the better spring, but offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said he wasn't ready to make a decision and that redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel remained in the hunt. Swope caught one of his touchdown passes from Showers and the other from Manziel. Showers also hooked up with Malcome Kennedy on a 63-yard scoring toss.
Texas A&M's first-team offensive line looked dominant, and even though top tailback Christine Michael was on the sideline recovering from ACL surgery, the Aggies still racked up more than 230 rushing yards among their top three tailbacks in the game.
The defense was without two of its mainstays -- senior tackle Jonathan Mathis and senior safety Steven Campbell. And while the first-team defense held its own for much of the game, the second unit gave up way too many big plays and committed several mental errors. Depth's going to be a problem for Mark Snyder's defense, and the Aggies are especially thin at safety.
Protecting leads was a huge problem for Texas A&M a year ago, and while the starting front seven looks like it's going to be able to effectively pressure the quarterback, the Aggies still have some tightening up to do on the back end. They simply can't afford many injuries back there. The good news is that the Aggies were more physical in the secondary this spring.
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