It may be early in the offseason, but Texas A&M’s spring football season is less than a month away, and all eyes will be on how new head coach Mike Elko and his impressive coaching staff will help the offense, especially quarterback Conner Weigman, take the next step in their development.
After adding 22 veteran players from the transfer portal, the Aggies’ roster looks better by the day. Still, until the newcomers prove themselves on the field, the returning players from last season will define the 2024 campaign.
Focusing on the offense, Weigman’s return from the lower body injury that resulted in him missing the Aggies’ final nine games will take center stage as soon as spring practices begin, but due to consistent poor play on the offensive line, how new O-line coach Adam Cushing will fix said issues will be telling, and likely result in the offense’s success, or failure starting in September.
Here are the top 5 Texas A&M players on offense who need to show up and show out this spring, heading into the 2024 season.
Wide receiver - Sophomore Micah Tease
Just a sophomore, Micah Tease will take on a larger role after the departure of wide receiver Evan Stewart, who transferred to Oregon this offseason. Only appearing in a handful of games last season, Tease started the Aggies bowl game vs. Oklahoma State, recording two receptions for 19 yards.
Tease is one heck of an athlete, possessing the speed, route running, and versatility needed to excel in the new offensive coordinator Collin Klein’s offense. This spring, Tease will need to develop chemistry with all three quarterbacks, as injuries are always possible every season.
Running back - Sophomore Rueben Owens
Texas A&M’s running back room is loaded with experience and exceptional talent and might be the most underrated backfield in the country. While veteran backs Amari Daniels and Le’Veon Moss look to share the starting role, don’t count out incoming sophomore Rueben Owens.
Making the most of his snaps last season, Owens finished with 101 carries, 385 rushing yards, and three touchdowns in 13 games, including his first career 100-yard rushing game in the win against Abilene Christian.
Standing at 6-0 200 pounds, Owens is the most versatile back on the roster, has shown potential in the passing game, and should thrive in Klein’s offensive attack.
Wide receiver - Senior Moose Muhammad III
Moose Muhammad III’s return for a final season in Aggieland is a huge coup for Elko and his staff, as the talented pass catcher looked to be coming into his own at the end of the 2023 season, making several eye-popping catches down the stretch.
Needing a new No. 1 wide receiver to step in after Evan Stewart’s departure, Muhammad will compete with Noah Thomas and the current favorite to take over the spot, Jahade Walker. Muhammad is the most talented receiver on the roster, but he needs to be more consistent and prove that he can become the go-to target for Conner Weigman in big games.
Center - Redshirt junior Bryce Foster
Oh, what more can we say about starting center Bryce Foster, who, in his last two seasons at the spot, has been wildly inconsistent but, in all fairness, has dealt with injury after injury as a multi-sport star in Track & Field in the football offseason.
Outside of his borderline All-SEC freshman season, Foster has yet to put it all together from start to finish. He will face more adversity this offseason as versatile guard Mark Nabou will likely compete for the starting center spot this spring.
However, Foster’s size and strength (6-5 330 pounds) could result in a switch to guard, which could be the best move for his career and the team as a whole. Texas A&M’s offensive line was a huge disappointment, so either way, Foster needs to improve big time.
Quarterback - Junior Conner Weigman
The play of ultra-talented will determine, last but not least, Texas A&M’s 2024 season but still somewhat unproven quarterback Conner Weigman.
After playing in just three and a half games last season due to a lower-body injury, no one can doubt this young man’s ability, and even though his starting job isn’t 100% secure under the new coaching staff, I’d place my bet at 90 or so percent.
Even though he limited play, Weigman finished the 2023 season with 979 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, and just two interceptions, including his memorable 5 touchdown performance in the Aggie’s season-opening win vs. New Mexico.
While some fans may be worried about how Weigman will be used in Collin Klein’s offense, which included many quarterback runs during his time at Kansas State, remember what he was working with compared to the high-end athletes now at his disposal. While Weigman will use his legs more often, expect a wide-open passing attack and a whole lot of yards through the air.