Texas A&M Football: 4 Offensive Weapons Emerging at Spring Practice
The Texas A&M football team has completed its first week of spring practice. A few of the newcomers have already begun to impress their coaches and teammates on the offensive side of the ball.
Due to the construction at Kyle Field, the Aggies will not have a spring game in 2014 or 2015. They will participate in practices and scrimmages during those practices.
This spring is important for the Aggie offense because they have to replace so many playmakers from the 2013 squad. They need to replace a quarterback, running back, two wide receivers and an offensive tackle.
There will be intense competition throughout the spring, especially at the running back and wide receiver positions where the Aggies have as much depth as any team in the country.
This is a look at a few of the Aggies' offensive players who stood out during the first week of spring practice.
QB Kyle Allen
Kyle Allen is a true freshman quarterback who enrolled at A&M a semester early and is competing for the starting quarterback job. Most football players would be overwhelmed trying to balance making the adjustment to college and competing to be the triggerman for an SEC offense, but Allen has handled it well so far.
Allen has impressed his teammates and coaches with his live arm and his accuracy. He has shown surprisingly developed footwork for a player at his age.
Allen has the least amount of experience of any quarterback on campus. However, Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin has shown time and again that he will start the best player regardless of age.
Two practices into the spring season and Allen is the quarterback everyone is talking about. It will be interesting to see if that remains the case once the pads go on.
OT Avery Gennesy
Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews has graduated and is preparing for a career in the NFL. Cedric Ogbuehi started at right tackle in 2013 and has flipped over to left tackle for the 2014 season to replace Matthews.
That leaves a vacancy at the right tackle position. The Aggies brought in two junior college offensive linemen in their 2014 signing class, and both are currently on campus and competing for the starting spot at right tackle.
Avery Gennesy has the early lead in the competition and is running with the first team on offense. Gennesy was not ranked as highly as his fellow 2014 signee Jermaine Eluemunor, but so far he has been better in workouts and practices.
The players have spent the first two practices without their pads on. No one will know how the right tackle spot is really shaping up until the pads go on and someone is trying to hit the quarterback.
WR Ricky Seals-Jones
Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones had an abbreviated freshman season. He played in two games before a knee injury forced him to have surgery and end his season.
Seals-Jones caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown against Rice. He has the size and speed to be a mismatch against every defender he lines up against in college football.
Seals-Jones has recovered from the surgery and has stepped up his game on the practice field. According to senior receiver Malcome Kennedy, he is doing a better job finishing after he catches the football.
Seals-Jones is a 6'5", 230-pound athlete who can outrun defensive backs. He could be the Aggies' leading receiver in 2014 and ease the transition from the loss of Mike Evans to the NFL.
WR Speedy Noil
Freshman wide receiver Speedy Noil has made a surprisingly fast transition from high school quarterback to the position of receiver at an SEC program. Noil has drawn praise from his teammates and Sumlin for his performance during the first two spring practices.
Noil is a 5'11", 193-pound receiver who is competing for the starting spot in the slot opposite from Kennedy. He has surprising strength for a player of his size and is physically ready to take the pounding of the SEC.
It is still early in the process, but Noil has the be considered the leader right now to take over the starting spot vacated by Travis Labhart.