Texas A&M Football: Offense Rebounds With Trevor Knight’s Success
- Updated: June 8, 2016
From the end of the Championship Game to the beginning of Week 1, College Football is officially put into offseason mode. The offseason can be an excruciatingly boring 7 months for die-hard fans as they try to occupy themselves while waiting for their favorite teams to finally suit up again. However, the offseason is a brilliant time for everyone to add their two cents on what they believe is going to be in store for the upcoming season.
With Texas A&M, expectations remain high after two consecutive down years, and another underwhelming season could be enough for the athletic department to part ways with Head Coach Kevin Sumlin. But Sumlin remains optimistic about the upcoming year, and rightfully so, as A&M could easily come out and surprise people early in the College Football season.
The Texas A&M offense in their first two years in the SEC was one of the most dangerous units in the country. With Manziel at QB, the offense had the ability to score on any given play. Since Manziel’s departure however, the offense has struggled to put up the same production with QB inconsistency being the heart of the problem with Jake Spavital running the offensive show. After the offense actually became the weaker of the two units, Spavital and Texas A&M parted ways and proceeded to hire a new OC in Noel Mazzone.
Working with Mazzone could be a game-changing factor for new starting QB Trevor Knight, as he comes in hoping to be the piece A&M has been missing that will finally put the the entire puzzle together. With Knight, there are enough weapons around him for him to be successful without having to put up huge numbers in every game. He has the potential to be the piece A&M has been looking for to finally put A&M’s offense back on the right track during his lone season at Texas A&M if he is consistent at reading the opponents’ defenses and finding his group of receivers.
Trevor Knight has the luxury of having arguably the best WR unit in country, with starters Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones returning for their Senior and RS-Junior campaigns respectively, as well as Christian Kirk and Speedy Noil to round out the starting group.
With Mazzone, the new OC loves to establish a solid ground attack, but will put the ball in the air a lot to balance the offensive. With Reynolds and Seals-Jones, Mazzone has the tall deep ball threats that he loves to target, using their size and speed to the defense’s disadvantage. Both could have big years in perhaps their only seasons playing under Mazzone.
With Kirk and Noil, Mazzone has the lighting-in-a-bottle elusive playmakers. Both have the ability to take the ball to the house on any given play, which is a unique gift since most teams are lucky to have one. A&M has two. With Mazzone’s large use of the screen pass, both will be given the opportunity to shine in his offense, and could both increase their offensive production ten-fold.
As for the rest of the WR unit, A&M brings in Clyde Chriss and Quartney Davis as well as RS-Freshman Kemah Siverand, who reviewed raving reviews in Spring Ball, and many others to give A&M great quality depth to rotate in and out to give the starters a break.
With the weapons that have been placed around Knight, as well as the tutelage of Noel Mazzone, Knight has been put in a great position to succeed. A question that has risen this offseason is whether or not Knight could pass for 3,000 yards in 2016.
Put it in this perspective: Last season, A&M had their worst offensive year in the SEC, and it wasn’t statistically close. Using 3 different QBs, all who had their own struggles, A&M managed to pass for 3,323 yards. Trevor Knight absolutely has the ability to come out and throw for at least 3,000 yards and go far beyond that number.
If Knight can have the offense on that kind of track, the defense will be much improved in Year 2 under DC John Chavis, as the defense is expected to be one of the best in the country. In 4 years in the SEC, the offensive and defensive units have never clicked at the same time for the length of the season. If Knight and Mazzone can get the offense to click with the defense (two years ago it was the other way around), then the sky is the limit for Texas A&M football.