Offseason spotlight: Texas A&M


One thing Texas A&M has been pretty successful with in recent years is left tackle. The last two NFL drafts saw an A&M left tackle get drafted in the top 10, and for the third straight season the Aggies will have to replace an All-SEC member at the most important position up front. (Other posts in the Offseason Spotlight series.)

Spotlight: Avery Gennesy, offensive tackle, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, redshirt junior

2014 summary: Gennesy arrived in College Station last year as a junior college transfer but redshirted in 2014.

The skinny: The departure of All-SEC left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi means the Aggies must find someone new to protect quarterback Kyle Allen's blindside. While Gennesy had a solid juco career, he has yet to play a down of football at the FBS level. Now, can he be a starting left tackle in the SEC? He won't be handed the job, but it sounds like he's had a pretty good spring to this point and has a good chance to be the starter at left tackle this fall. It was smart to give Gennesy a chance to play two real seasons with the Aggies, rather than waste 2014 on a season in which he would have played primarily as a backup, but now Gennesy has to show he was worth waiting on. Having that juco experience will help him from a maturity standpoint and somewhat with the grind of upper-level football, and he's getting pushed by Germain Ifedi, who started 10 of 12 games at right tackle last season. Honestly, that will help both of them this offseason, which is great for the Aggies. One other thing to keep an eye on here is what changes -- if any -- are made for the offensive line, especially schematically, with new offensive line coach Dave Christensen overseeing the big uglies up front. Left tackle has been a position of prestige at A&M during Kevin Sumlin's tenure, so the Aggies won't accept any sort of drop off. And with a young quarterback, you simply can't have that. Gennesy has the size and, if his solid spring continues, A&M likely won't have an issue at the line's top position.

The plan this spring has been to work both Gennesy and Ifedi at the tackle spots, so in some form or fashion those two will most likely be the starters on the outside this fall. While Ifedi has wanted to move over to left tackle, Gennesy is built more naturally for left tackle, while Ifedi is more of a right tackle in the long run.