July 22, 2008

All eyes on the offensive line

KANSAS CITY - At the 2007 Big 12 Media Days, the Texas A&M offensive line was the story for the Aggies. With an experienced, senior-laden group heading into the season, the Aggies created a buzz in San Antonio.

During the 2008 version of Big 12 Media Days, the Aggie offensive line was again the top Aggie story (other than the fact that a new head coach was sitting at the podium in maroon) but this year it was for all the wrong reasons.

The Aggies graduated four starting offensive linemen and lost another to legal issues, leaving just eight scholarship linemen for spring ball. After adding six true freshmen to that number the Aggies are up to 14 heading into the fall with a few of those true freshmen most likely seeing playing time in this year's rotation out of pure necessity.

The larger problem, however, is getting the Aggie line to play together as a unit.

"They've got to know that all those moving parts have to work together and there has to be a trust factor with all of those guys," said head coach [db]Mike Sherman[/db]. "Usually that only happens through maturity and time together, but we don't have time so we have to accelerate it. We'll have some bumps in the road along the way, but there are good guys in that group and it'll continue to make progress."

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