Ag­gies look to build on SEC de­but


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Kevin Sum­lin and A&M of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kliff Kings­bury, the former star quar­ter­back at Texas Tech.

Manziel turned 20 this week. Kings­bury is 33. Sum­lin is 48. It’s not hard to look at them and see the fu­ture of the SEC. Es­pe­cially af­ter the Ag­gies went 10-2 this sea­son and left no doubt that their fast­paced, spread of­fense would not sput­ter in the big, bad con­fer­ence.

Texas A&M av­er­aged 552 yards per game and 44 points. Manziel smashed Cam New­ton’s to­tal of­fense record with 4,600 yards pass­ing and rush­ing.

“You look what our of­fense did this year,” Manziel said. “Peo­ple didn’t really think that we were go­ing to have much success in the SEC.”

“For us to come into Alabama and some of the other games and really stress tempo, tempo, tempo. We want to move fast. We want to make peo­ple un­com­fort­able. That was our main goal this year. ... It’s def­i­nitely some­thing that can work if you have the right peo­ple in place for it.”

Po­ten­tially, Texas A&M will have many of its best pieces in place next sea­son. There’s no rea­son why A&M’s of­fense can’t be even bet­ter, even if Manziel’s num­bers aren’t.

Ex­pec­ta­tions will be sky high. The move to the SEC, hir­ing Sum­lin and the sec­ond Heis­man in the his­tory of the pro­gram — and first since John David Crow in 1957 — have Ag­gies’ hopes soar­ing. Maybe Manziel can buck the trends again, and A&M won’t have to wait so long to add a third Heis­man.

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