Is Mond SEC-ready?

Mark Passwaters, Publisher
Aggie Yell

AggieYell.com begins its coverage of Texas A&M (2-1, 0-0 SEC)'s matchup with Arkansas (1-1, 0-0 SEC) with a breakdown of the Aggie offense against the Razorbacks defense.

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Texas A&M likely starters

QB: Kellen Mond (Fr.; 6'2", 210; 36-72, 433 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT)

RB: Trayveon Williams (Soph.; 5'9", 200; 33 carries for 256 yards and 3 TD)

WR: Jhamon Ausbon (Fr.; 10 catches for 108 yards and 1 TD)

Slot: Christian Kirk (Soph.; 5'11", 200; 14 catches for 141 yards and 2 TD)

WR: Damion Ratley (Sr.; 6'3", 190; 3 catches, 99 yards)

TE: Tanner Schorp (RS-Sr.; 6'3", 245; 3 catches for 13 yards)

LT: Koda Martin (RS-Jr.; 6'6", 310)

LG: Colton Prater (Soph.; 6'4", 300)

C: Erik McCoy (RS-Soph.; 6'4", 315)

RG: Connor Lanfear (Jr.; 6'6", 320)

RT: Keaton Sutherland (Jr.; 6'5", 310)

A&M offense by the numbers

37.7 PPG (39th nationally, 2nd SEC)

Rushing: 252 YPG (17th nationally, 2nd SEC)

Passing: 196 YPG (92nd nationally, 8th SEC)

Total: 448 YPG (50th nationally, 4th SEC)

1st: 77 (17th nationally, 1st SEC)

3rd down conversions: 45.3% (39th nationally, 5th SEC)

4th down conversions: 33.3% (88th nationally, 9th SEC)

Red zone offense: 81.3% (84th nationally, 7th SEC)

Sacks allowed: 11 (122nd nationally, 12th)

Turnover +/-: +8 (10 takeaways, 2 giveaways; 1st nationally)

Arkansas likely starers (3-4 base)

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DE: McTelvin Agim (Soph.; 6'3", 286; 13 tackles, 2.5 TFL)

DT: Bijhon Jackson (Sr.; 6'1", 339; 3 tackles)

DE: T.J. Smith (Soph.; 6'3", 290; 4 tackles)

RAZOR: Randy Ramsey (Jr.; 6'4", 228; 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack)

MLB: De'John Harris (Soph; 6', 242; 13 tackles, 1.5 TFL, .5 sack)

WILL: Dre' Greenlaw (Jr.; 6', 229; 19 tackles)

HOG: Dwayne Eugene Jr. (Sr.; 6'1, 240; 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack)

CB: Kamren Curl (Fr.; 6'1", 193; 4 tackles, 1 pass broken up)

FS: Josh Lidell (Sr.; 6'1", 211; 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble)

SS: Santos Ramirez (Jr.; 6'2", 198; 10 tackles, 1 pass broken up, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT)

CB: Henre' Tolliver (Sr.; 6'1", 185; 5 tackles, 1 pass broken up, 1 fumble recovery)

Arkansas by the numbers

Scoring defense: 17.5 PPG (35th nationally, 8th SEC)

Rushing defense: 137.5 YPG (62nd nationally, 9th SEC)

Pass defense: 130.5 YPG (13th nationally, 4th SEC)

Total defense: 268 YPG (17th nationally, 4th SEC)

3rd down conversions defense: 43.3% (96th nationally, 11th SEC)

4th down conversions defense: 75% (107th nationally, 12th SEC)

Red zone defense: 83.3% (65th nationally, 8th SEC)

First downs allowed: 33 (11th nationally, 1st SEC)

Tackles for loss: 9 (109th nationally, 14th SEC)

Sacks: 4 (63rd nationally, 9th SEC)

Turnover +/-: +1 (3 takeaways, 2 giveaways)

What the Aggies want to do

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This one is plainly obvious: they want to keep doing what they've done so well thus far (when they've played like they're interested): run the football. They should have all four of their backs -- Trayveon Williams, Keith Ford, Kendall Bussey and Jacob Kibodi -- ready to go for this one against an Arkansas defense that has been pretty good so far.

The Aggies have to control the line of scrimmage, and that will start by handling the massive Jackson in the middle. The combination of McCoy and Lanfear (or Prater, depending) will need to control the point of attack. If the Aggies can get into the second level consistently, the pressure will be off the young quarterback and will open things up in the passing game.

The Aggies like to use the run/pass option, but odds are they've told Mond that it's run-first as much as possible. TCU ran the ball 44 times against the Razorbacks two weeks ago, and odds are the Aggies would like to do much the same.

What Arkansas wants to do

This is also real simple: they want to put the game on Mond's shoulders. Arkansas hasn't shown much of an ability to pressure the quarterback (3 of their 4 sacks were against a woeful Florida A&M squad), but they've limited big plays. They can give you a lot of different looks and try to keep things in front of them; the biggest play they've given up so far was 26 yards.

The Hogs would like to see their front three hold its ground against the Aggie front line, allowing their linebackers to roam. If their linebackers are able to stay clean, then they can limit A&M's running game and force Mond to beat them through the air. Kenny Hill completed more than 2/3 of his passes against Arkansas in their last game, but only threw for 166 yards. They're going to try to force A&M to dink and dunk their way down the field, and they want to make Mond do it.

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