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September 6, 2015 / busmasterjones

Aggie Obserations – 2015 Week 1

Sep 5, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Christian Kirk (3) salutes after returning a punt for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 5, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Christian Kirk (3) salutes after returning a punt for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Obvious

The defense.  Of course this was the game when we found out that the Chavis hire would have immediate results.  We may look back later and laugh that we ever doubted it.  Nine sacks!  But there were other great signs from the Aggies’ season-opening 38-17.

Freshmen matter.  Look at the 2 TDs from Christian Kirk.  Look at Kyler Murray who showed flashes of his incredible football skills in between a few freshman moments of skipping a pass to a WR and throwing a telegraphed pick.  Look at the 6 tackles by Daylon Mack.

Special teams play was outstanding.  With 41.0 yds per punt return including a TD, with 52.8 yds per punt for 6 punts, 1 for 1 on FGs, 5 for 5 n PATs, and several ASU kickoff returns that didn’t make it to the 20 yd line, the special teams were truly in top form.

The Not So Obvious

The offense, despite some sputtering in the middle quarters in particular, produced 31 points.  The three straight runs up the middle starting from first and goal were a mystery, especially with mobile Kyler Murray at the helm at that point in the game, but despite some trying drives early, the Aggies ended the game with a respectable 8 of 18 (44.4%) on 3rd down conversions and they scored on 4 of 5 red zone trips.  Not spectacular, but solid.

Tackling was spot on tonight.  There were many open field tackles that limited potential big plays to pedestrian gains.

Great start to the 2015 season.  Let’s see if form continues to hold once the Ags hit their SEC schedule.

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