Texas A&M Football: Regular season final report card and position grades

Nick Starkel, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Texas A&M Football is preparing for Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl. Before the bowl game and the end of the season, here’s our report card for the regular season.

Back in October we handed out the mid-season grades. Let’s see if any of them changed. One thing that we know that changed is the removal of Kevin Sumlin as the head coach. Jimbo Fisher was announced as the 29th head coach in program history.

We do know based on past recruiting classes that Fisher and his staff will have plenty to work with so it will be interesting to watch this young crop grow over the next couple of years.

Let’s recap the grades from mid-season.

Quarterback: B-
Running Backs: B
Wide Receivers / Tight Ends: C+
Offensive Line: D+
Defensive Line: A
Linebackers: B
Secondary: B-
Specialists: A

These grades were handed out after the Florida game. At that point, the Aggies were 5-2 with their only losses coming to UCLA and Alabama. The collapse in Los Angeles was awful and no one thought the team could recover. They did and played very respectable in the loss to Alabama.

Heading into the back half of the year, there was optimism and would this team avoid another second half meltdown? After losses to Mississippi State and Auburn, it looked as if the meltdown was happening again. They did survive the trip to Oxford, but could not slow down LSU in Baton Rouge.

All of this forced the administration to make a change. The question is and with a guaranteed contract, will the new coach and staff produce different results? I sure hope so, but only time will tell.

As Aggieland prepares for the new staff to be announced, the early recruiting signing period and the trip to Charlotte let’s hand out the final report card and position grades.