Texas A&M Football: Position Group Game Grades at the Texas Bowl

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Dec 28, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ricky  Seals-Jones (9) makes a touchdown reception as Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Cre  Moore (23) defends during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas A&M football team lost to Kansas State on Wednesday. Not the result the Aggie fans wanted, but the real questions are how did the Aggies play and what does it mean going forward.

Overall, it was a competitive game, with lead changes and big plays and momentum shifts. Both teams played hard, but one team played better. It was the Wildcats that took the day.

We will now break down the position units and grade them so you can make your own judgments.

The Offense

WIDE RECEIVER

WR, Texas A&M

B

This one is tough because Josh Reynolds played like a man possessed. Christian Kirk and Ricky Seals-Jones, on the other hand, were not the consistent threat that the offense needed and in fact, some untimely drops contributed to stalled drives. No other receiver really made much of an impression.

RUNNINGBACKS

RB, Texas A&M

B

More frustration because at times, Ford and Williams were the terrors they had been in the first half of the season, tearing through defenses at will. At others moments they were ineffective. Its hard to hold a lot of this against them individually because they executed their assignments. But as a unit, the running backs were not consistently what this team needed.

QUARTERBACKS

QB, Texas A&M

B

Trevor Knight was what he has been all season – a leader, and a moderately good executor of the game plan. His throws were usually good enough, although not always. His decisions were more good than bad, especially as things broke down or other players made mistakes that cost the team. But, like the running backs, the position is judged on what the team needed, and here, it wasn’t good enough.

OFFENSIVE LINE

OL, Texas A&M

C-

For stretches of the game, the offensive line was good, even impressive. But too many penalties and too many mistakes allowed a very good Kansas State team to get the stops they needed to beat the Aggies. Jim Turner did the best he could with a very young group, but in the last test of the year, a veteran coaching staff and a well coached and talented defense was able to take advantage of a season’s worth of film. Snyder and crew were able to expose some of crucial mistakes up front.

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