Texas A&M Aggies have big shoes to fill on offense


There are 57 days till college football season, and today we focus on one of the best offenses from 2016, although they’ll have big shoes to fill in 2017.

The Texas A&M Aggies brought in graduate transfer Trevor Knight to be their starting quarterback last season, and it’s fair to say it was a huge success. The Aggies started 6-0 in 2016 and had one of the best offenses in college football.

And that leads us to no. 57 on the Southbound and Down College Football Countdown.

The Texas A&M Aggies scored 57 touchdowns in 2016

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While the season didn’t end the way Texas A&M wanted, losing five of their final seven games, it was not the offense’s fault. The Aggies averaged 34.8 points per game last season, which was third in the SEC and 34th in the nation.

But despite the huge swing from the first half of the season to the second half, the offense was consistent all year.

Scoring Offense

  • 39.5 points per game (8 wins)
  • 27.4 points per game (5 losses)

Their 27.4 points per game in their five losses would’ve still been better the five teams in the SEC averages all season. The biggest difference was the defense, which seems to always be the problem in College Station.

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Scoring Defense

  • 16.9 points per game (8 wins)
  • 36.8 points per game (5 losses)

Losing Myles Garrett, the no. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, is definitely not going to help their defense in 2017, and their offense will also have big shoes to fill.

In the two games that Knight missed last season, Jake Hubenak started for the Aggies. In the 29-28 loss to Ole Miss, Hubenak went 16-for-27 for 213 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Then in a 23-10 win over Texas-San Antonio, the lowest point total of any win last season, Hubenak went 19-for-32 for 248 yards and one touchdown.

His total numbers for 2016 are pretty solid for a backup quarterback, but if the Aggies are going to do something better than go 8-5 for a fourth straight season, Hubenak will have to take his game, and this offense, to another level.