Two to Look Forward To
Mike Evans was Saturday's biggest standout in A&M's first open scrimmage.
Women’s Basketball vs Nebraska: Gary Blair tries to take the Texas A&M women back to Sweet 16 tonight against the Cornhuskers at Reed Arena. The Aggies have been on a tear in the postseason after winning their first SEC Tournament. A win would send the Aggies on to Norfolk. Tip time is at 8:30 on ESPN3.
Baseball at South Carolina: After sweeping Georgia and winning the series against Ole Miss, the Aggies sit tied atop the SEC West standings going into this weekend’s series at South Carolina. The Aggies showed some grit on Sunday, especially in game two where they came back from five runs down for the win. Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPNU.
Four Aggies of the Week
Floyd Raven - Football: If Raven can continue to progress with his ability to play inside of the defensive scheme, he might turn out to be a big-time player at safety. I was one of the doubters about the move, but he was impressive in Saturday’s scrimmage at Kyle Field.
Mike Evans - Football: Talk about a man among boys, Mike Evans looked like someone took an NFL receiver and dropped them into a college game on Saturday. Playing mostly out of the slot this weekend, Johnny Manziel found his favorite target several times, and the defense had a hard time bringing him down. Evans had somewhere between 150-200 yards or so on Saturday.
Matt Kent - Baseball: Kent earned the win in A&M’s Sunday comeback against Ole Miss. He entered the game with the Aggies down 5-0 and pitched five scoreless innings while the Aggies manufactured their comeback at the plate.
The Bottom of the Order - Baseball: Troy Stein, Brandon Wood, and Charlie Curl were great at the bottom of the order on Sunday in Oxford. They were a combined 7 of 10 on the day with 4 RBI and several key bunts. They were not only to get RBI of their own, but they were able to get on base which helped spur a couple of rallies.
Seven Thoughts for the Week
We'd like to see Matt Davis get out and run more to be able to really gauge where he is overall.
- Man, Mike Evans. For some reason when people talk about A&M and they talk about Johnny Manziel and the potential of the Aggie running backs it seems like Evans is somehow overlooked at times. Evans could be on the verge of stardom in the SEC this season after he managed to rack up over 1,000 yards even while being plagued by an injury all season. He just put on a show on Saturday at Kyle Field.
- Spring football and the constant news cycle can combine to form a Megazord of things that drive me crazy this time of year. The most mundane of events can somehow spiral into a news story if the right people tweet about it the right way. And I’m not even talking about the “maybe Manziel pushed someone” thing, I mean Manziel’s three interceptions. Anyone who knows anything about how Manziel plays knows that he wouldn’t have thrown those passes in a real game, he’d have taken off running up the field. However in practice they want him to work on throwing the ball so he does, and the defense obviously knows that as well so they stick with the receivers and drop into coverage instead of chasing him down like they would in a game situation.
- One player I wish they would let run though is Matt Davis, because I’d like to see just how good he looks running in the open field. If his throwing doesn’t improve dramatically then he’s going to have to be an elite running quarterback, and we haven’t been able to see much of that yet. As good as the ball looks coming out of Davis’ hands, it doesn’t seem to find its target very often, and that’s a problem in this offensive system.
- The A&M defense is vastly overmatched right now against the offense, but that hasn’t slowed down their enthusiasm. It was good to see those guys getting after it on Saturday. Interceptions by Jordan Points and Nate Askew had the sideline energized and guys were bouncing around and really encouraging each other. That’s nothing but good news for the future of the defense, even if that group leaves quite a bit to be desired right now.
- What an incredible Sunday for Aggie Baseball. The Aggies handed the Rebels as many losses on Sunday as they had the entire season going into the weekend. Ole Miss was ranked as high as number six in some polls, so for the Aggies to pull off the series win, especially on the road, was a major accomplishment. There’s no rest in the SEC though, as the Aggies head back on the road again this weekend to South Carolina.
- With no Texas teams in the NCAA Tournament, I’ve been moderately keeping track of Texas players. Here are the #TeamTexas guys still left in the tournament that see the floor. Damyean Dotson (Yates) - Oregon, Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit) - Duke and Chris Otule (FB Bush) - Marquette. The entire state of Texas has just three players in the Sweet 16, that’s the same number of teams as the state of Florida has.
- Texas sadness aside, what an incredible opening weekend of action in the NCAA Tournament. Florida Gulf Coast has the attention of the entire country after dunking all over Georgetown and San Diego State. Gregg Marshall has the Shockers of Wichita State back in the Sweet 16. If you’re in the Dallas area this weekend you’ve got the opportunity to see three of college basketball’s biggest programs in Florida, Kansas and Michigan, as well as America’s team, FGCU. Easter happens every year, go watch some basketball.