Are the starting lineups on offense and defense for the Aggies beginning to take shape?

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Texas A&M is in the midst of its third week of fall camp and is coming off a weekend scrimmage that was closed to much of the public and the press, with key questions regarding the ongoing quarterback competition, and the status of the offensive line rotation after multiple changes was made during last weeks practices. The starting rotation on the defensive line and backfield is also still in question, but after journalist Travis Brown of The Eagle displayed via Twitter the offensive and defense rotations after today’s open practice, things began to reach a clearer state.

Let’s first start with the offense, with Brown noting that redshirt freshman Trey Zuhn was back at the left tackle spot after recovering from a minor injury, with Aki Ogunbiyi continuing to find himself in the starting rotation at left guard.. Matthew Wykoff again took the majority of snaps at Center as Bryce Foster continues to heal from his previous injury. Jordan Moko took snaps at right guard (presumed Layden Robinson rest day) after several stints at left guard previously, and the reliable Reuben Fatheree stayed at right tackle. Coming as no surprise to most of us in Texas A&M media, senior Max Wright is starting at tight end, while 5-Star freshman wide receiver Evan Stewart was joined on the first unit by Chase Lane, and Yulkeith Brown who was in for Ainias Smith as the senior works his way back from some camp bumps and bruises..

With a majority of fans taking sides in the current quarterback battle presumed to be down to Haynes King and Max Johnson, Jimbo reaffirmed last week that each quarterback, is taking an equal amount of snaps. Today, Max Johnson was given the nod, playing alongside running back Devon Achane, who is one of the few unanimous starters on the depth chart.

On Defense, the listed starters on the defensive line have been pretty consistent, with redshirt freshman Tunmise Adeleye and sophomore Fadil Diggs at defensive end, and plenty of beef inside with McKinnley Jackson at nose tackle and junior Isaiah Raikes manning the 3-tech defensive tackle spot. At linebacker Edgerrin Cooper has emerged as a brightspot, and was joined by Chris Russel who took snaps in place of injured but presumed starter Andre White Jr.

The starting safety group seems set with senior Demani Richardson joined by sophomore Jardin Gilbert who has taken advantage of his opportunity at free safety after the departure of Leon O’Neil.

The depth at the corner position has been tested due to injury, specifically to senior Myles Jones who is recovering from an ankle injury, along with Tyreek Chappell, Denver Harris and Smoke Bouie who have missed time, and Bobby Taylor who has yet to take the practice field. As a result, junior Jaylon Jones and senior Brian George have gotten plenty of opportunity with the first group as outside corners.

Lastly, Antonio Johnson, who has been rumored to make a move to safety, was listed at his original nickel role, which may be a sign that he will simply rotate at the nickel and safety position during the season, dependent on the defensive package and situation each game.

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