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September 27, 2012

A&M vs. Arkansas: When A&M has the ball

AggieYell.com begins its look at Texas A&M's matchup with SEC West foe Arkansas by breaking down the situation when the Aggies have the football.

FOR THE AGGIES (2-1, 0-1 SEC):

Likely Starters:
Johnny Manziel, QB (6'1", 200, RS-Fr); Ben Malena (5'8", 195, Jr), RB; Ryan Swope (6', 206, Sr), EZ Nwachukwu (6', 194, Sr), Mike Evans (6'5", 218, RS-Fr) and Kenric McNeal (6'1", 184, Sr), WR; Michael Lamothe (6'3", 235, Sr), TE; Luke Joeckel (6'6", 310, Jr), Jarvis Harrison (6'3", 320, RS-So), Patrick Lewis (6'2", 312, Sr), Cedric Ogbuehi (6'5, 295, RS-So), Jake Matthews(6'5", 305, Jr), OL .

Key Reserves:

Trey Williams (5'7", 185, Fr) and Christine Michael (5'11", 223, Sr), RBs; Malcome Kennedy (6', 200, RS-So), Sabian Holmes (5'11", 175, Fr) and Thomas Johnson (5'11, 185, Fr), WRs; Nehemiah Hicks (6'4", 243, Jr), TE.

By the Numbers:

Rushing yards: 624 (208 yards per game, 5.2 yards per rush), 33rd nationally

Passing yards: 763 (254.3 YPG, 7.3 yards per attempt), 46th nationally

Total Offense: 462 YPG, 36th nationally

Scoring: 45 PPG, 11th nationally

Sacks allowed: 7

Turnovers: 1 INT (Turnover +/- of +1)

Statistical Leaders:

Rushing: Manziel, 38 carries for 262 yards and 5 TDs

Passing: Manziel, 58-86, 641 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT

Receiving: Evans, 18 catches for 224 yards


Likely Starters:

Trey Flowers (6'4", 243, So.), DE; 54 Byran Jones (6'2", 312, Jr.), DT; 92 DeQuinta Jones (6'5", 299, Sr.), DT; Chris Smith (6'3", 251, Jr.), DE; Jarrett Lake (6'3", 223, Jr.), OLB; Alonzo Highsmith Jr. (6'1", 233, Sr.), MLB; Terrell Williams (6'3", 232, Sr.), OLB; Kaelon Kelleybrew (5'11", 180, Sr.) and Will Hines (6'1", 185, Fr.), CB; Eric Bennett (6', 206, Jr.) and Ross Rasner (6', 212, Sr.), S.

Key Reserves:

Rohan Gaines (5'11", 190 RS-Fr.), S; Tenarius Wright (6'2", 252, Sr.); Alfred Davis (6'1", 318, Sr.), DT; Colton Miles-Nash (6'6", 261, Sr.), DE; Robert Thomas (6'3", 308, Jr.), DT.

By the Numbers:

Rushing Defense: Allowing 146.5 YPG (3.6 YPC), 58th nationally

Passing Defense: Allowing 312.25 YPG (7.81 YPA), 111th nationally

Scoring Defense: Allowing 36.25 PPG, 107th nationally

Sacks: 7, 71st nationally

Turnovers: 2, 1 INT, 1 Fumble recovery (+/- of -10)

Statistical Leaders:

Tackles: Highsmith, 40

Tackles for loss: Flowers and Thomas, 3 each

Sacks: Smith, 2

Interceptions: Rasner, 1

What the Aggies Want to Do:

Succeed short, then hit long. The Aggies have been looking all year for a consistent running game beyond Manziel, and they terrorized Arkansas last year on the ground as Michael ran for 230 yards and Cyrus Gray ran for nearly 100 more. Considering how bad Arkansas' pass defense is, the more single coverage A&M's receivers get, the better. So if the Razorbacks are forced to play linebackers up more often than they want, they'll be in trouble. The Aggies should be able to protect Manziel when he throws against a pass rush that has been lousy; pushing around the Arkansas front when they're running will open up the entire playbook for A&M. This could be the game Ryan Swope breaks out and Mike Evans finds the end zone.

What the Razorbacks Want to Do

Slow the Aggies down. A team that has been abysmal defensively at home against Rutgers and Louisiana-Monroe isn't going to be able to stop an offense that has put up 118 points in two weeks, but they don't have to. What they need to do is take away the running game and try to get Manziel to make mistakes. They'll probably play seven or eight guys in the box on first and second down early on to see how Manziel and the Aggies respond to it, but they don't want to stay there. Their secondary, which wasn't good to begin with, is now thin and battered. They'll need all the help they can get and if A&M gets into positions where they can run or pass, the Razorbacks will be in serious trouble.

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