The Texas A&M Aggies had one of the worst defenses in the history of football last season. Therefore, the loss of linebacker Shaan Washington due to a broken collarbone was bad news for the Aggies this week. Texas A&M needs every player to be at full strength if they are to turn around the defensive unit.
According to Sportsline.com, Washington should miss four to six weeks with the injury. The best case scenario is that he comes back for the second week of the season. However, there’s a chance that Washington could miss the entire month of September.
If the latter holds true, Shaan Washington will have a decision to make. The San Antonio Express- News reports that Coach Sumlin has left open the possibility of using a Redshirt season in 2014.
As a freshman, Washington had 26 total tackles, three sacks and one interception. He was expecting a big season as the defense tries to pick up the slack for the departure of Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans. However, it’s no sure thing that Texas A&M will be better defensively.
During the 2013 season, the Aggies were horrific when it came to stopping the opponent. Teams passed for 253 yards per game against Texas A&M, while connecting on 57.3% of their passes. The production only got worse from there. The Aggies were soft up the middle and part of the reason why they struggled against air attacks was due to the run defense. The Aggies gave up 222 yards per game on the ground.
They held two opponents under 20 points all season. SMU scored 13 points, while UTEP scored seven. Every other team scored 24 points or more on Texas A&M. That includes four games where they gave up 40 plus points.
Unfortunately, Shaan Washington will be out for the opening game against South Carolina. The Gamecocks are picked to win the SEC East and they’ll be looking to test the front seven of Texas A&M once again.
The next three games are against Lamar, Rice, and SMU, before heading deep into conference play.
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