Thursday, February 14, 2013
Offseason spotlight: Texas A&M
By Edward Aschoff
We continue our offseason spotlight series by taking a look at the Texas A&M Aggies.
Spotlight: Offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi, 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, rising redshirt junior
2012 summary: After being hampered by an ankle injury during the first part of his redshirt freshman season, Ogbuehi had an extremely strong 2012. He started all 13 games for the Aggies at right guard. Texas A&M proved to have one of the best offensive lines in the country, as the Aggies led the SEC in total offense (558.5 yards per game), rushing offense (242.1) and passing (316.5).
The skinny: Ogbuehi had a tremendous year in 2012, but he'll take on even more responsibility this year. With All-America left tackle and future top-10 NFL draft pick Luke Joeckel jumping to the NFL early, Ogbuehi is moving from guard to tackle. Jake Matthews is shifting from right tackle to left tackle to fill the void left by Joeckel, which means Ogbuehi will move over to right tackle. Losing Joeckel certainly stings, but having a reliable body like Ogbuehi step up to assist on the outside will really help this offense as it looks to pick up where it left off following a great 2012 season. Quarterback Johnny Manziel has to feel pretty relieved about it as well. He might be the slipperiest and most exciting quarterback to watch in all of college football, but even he knows he couldn't have won the Heisman Trophy last season without the play of his offensive line. Matthews should be fine with his move to left tackle, and once Ogbuehi adds some weight, he shouldn't have too much of an issue transitioning to his new spot. He's a very physical player, which will help on the outside, and Ogbuehi will have a lot of time before the season arrives to get more comfortable on the outside. He'll have more on his plate this spring, so it's important that he adapt because the offense is losing some key members from the 2012 team. Replacing playmakers is one thing but it gets much easier when you have a reliable line working for you.