Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Midseason review: Texas A&M
By ESPN.com staff
Texas A&M Aggies
Record: 3-2 (0-1 Big 12)
A historic, dream season? Well, you can probably rule that out, but there's still plenty on the table for Texas A&M as the season hits its second half. The Aggies host a ranked Missouri team on Saturday and don't play Texas, Oklahoma or Nebraska until November. Oklahoma State, Texas A&M's lone conference loss, still has to play all three, too. Is Texas A&M playing championship football right now? No, clearly. But they're still one of the league's most talented teams on both sides of the ball, and if Jerrod Johnson can hone in his downfield passing and limit his turnovers, and the defense keeps doing what it's doing, a late-season run isn't impossible for the Aggies.
Offensive MVP: WR Jeff Fuller – When he isn't turning it over, quarterback Jerrod Johnson has been getting it done. But Johnson is responsible for the loss to Oklahoma State, so the MVP goes to Fuller, who's fulfilling the potential he showed last year before a broken leg derailed his run at a handful of school records. Now, with 503 yards receiving, he's on pace to break Robert Ferguson's record for yards in a season, at 885. He's already the school record holder for career touchdown catches, with 22. He's averaging almost 15 yards per catch, and had two big ones against Arkansas on Saturday.
Defensive MVP: DC Tim DeRuyter – No single player has really stood out, but the Aggie defense is one of the conference's most improved units in DeRuyter's first year as coordinator. Von Miller's new role at Joker has limited his impact in the stat sheet, but not in the backfield. He's harassing quarterbacks and playing in coverage more, impressing his coaches despite being limited early in the season with an ankle injury. Linebackers Michael Hodges, Garrick Williams and Sean Porter are off to good starts and Miller's injury helped the Aggies discover a budding young star in fellow Joker Damontre Moore, who leads the team in sacks with four. He's also forced three fumbles. The unit ranks third in the Big 12 in total defense.