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A different feeling, Johnny's future, other thoughts from A&M's spring 2013 debut [With practice VIDEO]

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Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 12:29 pm

There wasn't much to take from Texas A&M's first spring practice of 2013. We were able to watch about 20 minutes, and the players weren't in pads. However, one thing that stood out was the feeling when walking inside the McFerrin Indoor Center. There was definitely a different mojo going on, once Drake's "Started from the bottom" began blaring from the loudspeakers. Let's just call it a cockier optimism.

This, with the Heisman Trophy winner slinging slants and the one of the country's most popular coaches critiquing from midfield, was big-time college football; the type of football A&M has been yearning for since the golden years in the late 80s and early 90s.

There's no confusion going on. There were NFL first rounders all around. And there were heralded recruits lined up on the sidelines, watching as one of the country's best, most hyped teams began its run to what they hope will be the program's second national championship.

Football is back. And the excitement, the success, the optimism is evident when you step on the field and see those maroon helmets popping.

Here are some more thoughts from the weekend: 

-I've watched the Johnny Manziel interview with Kirk Herbstreit and, as many have speculated, it sure does sound like this is his final season in Aggieland. But is anyone really surprised? And would anyone have a problem with the kid bolting? Think about it for a second. He's not leaving if he has a lackluster 2013. So, if he has another exceptional season — even if he doesn't win a Heisman or national championship — Manziel would have started about 26 games at A&M. He would have become the first freshman to hoist the Heisman, would have given fans some of the most memorable football moments of their lives, would have been huge in ushering A&M into the SEC and would have been a key catalyst in helping Kevin Sumlin build this program into a sustained winner.

If you ask me, I say good riddance, Johnny. It's been a blast to cover you.

-After looking at the spring depth chart, let's just put it this way: If Drew Kaser is having a great season, then A&M is in big trouble. With the lack of depth and experience in the front seven, this Aggies' defense is going to struggle in, at least, the early portion of 2013. Having Kirby Ennis, Julien Obioha and Steven Jenkins healthy and in the lineup in the fall is gigantic. Because, if they're not there, A&M has an entirely brand new front seven. That's not a recipe for success in the SEC.

-JaQuay Williams and Ed Pope definitely look the part at wide receiver. This offense is going to be scary good.

-Sophomore defensive tackle Alonzo Williams is up to more than 280 pounds — from 260 during his freshman season. This is a big development for A&M. Williams got some important playing time during the latter portion of the 2012 season, even getting the start in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma. The more capable bodies up front, the better.

-Interesting statistic (which could be taken as bad for 2013 but good for the future): A&M has just four seniors set to start.

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  • jim '78 posted at 9:23 pm on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    Harris Ags are just a little We lost DeMontre and Joeckel and hate to see Johnny leave without a title. With all the loses on the D it is going to be hard to win that title this year, but in 2 years if Johnny!!!

    Waiting to see the impact of these new guys especially Ricky Seals Jones.

  • mart80 posted at 5:42 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    I read the first post and thought "Good ridance",who is this guy.Then I read it a second time,which prompted me to read the article. Mr. Harris's statement,by all means was sarcasm.That was the only way, because of his recent articles involving the Aggies.It's like Sumlin saying, deep down he's really a tu fan?Mr. Harris ,I enjoy your insight to A&M athletics. Thanks and Gig Em!

  • David Harris posted at 12:14 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    David Harris Posts: 1 Staff

    Guys, it was sarcasm. I'm just making the point that Johnny will have accomplished more than enough in his two years to warrant a standing O if and when he decides to leave for the next level — which I think will be following this season.

  • js82 posted at 8:11 am on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    js82 Posts: 73

    Come on, don't freak out... I think you should be able to figure out sarcasm when you see it.

    Anticipating JFF leaving early will make second half clean up action more interesting to see who can take over at QB in 2014.

  • 79ag posted at 7:35 am on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    79ag Posts: 44

    I can't believe the Eagle would allow this writer to say "good riddance" to Manziel. What is wrong with this guy?

  • texas_bear posted at 5:36 am on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    texas_bear Posts: 5

    Seems Mr.Harris is tired of covering a good football team. Some of his articles have been good reads and informative but this one is a waste of time and space. I think Johnny will be around a couple of more seasons and I think he'll mature into a possible NFL QB, just don't see him being that good yet. Good Luck Johnny Football, we are pulling for you to be a big success.

  • Awkane posted at 11:45 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Awkane Posts: 51

    Third that

  • blah posted at 10:11 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    blah Posts: 7

    second that!

  • jim '78 posted at 6:27 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    We had a few pretty good years in the 70's too Mr Harris. As far as Johnny staying he better try to win a National title and I think it is more probable year after this coming one. Johnny did not say he would leave after this year, but he did not say 3 more like he did when he came back to Aggieland and talked to the Students in from of the MSC.

  • RoadEndsAhead posted at 3:50 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    RoadEndsAhead Posts: 2

    "Good Riddance, Johnny"?

    Pretty poor choice of words for the Heisman winner.


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