There aren’t nearly as many big games on the college football schedule as last week, but amongst the biggest ones, the most interesting may be Texas A&M at Alabama. Can the Aggies- who are playing as well as anyone in college football right now- pull the upset over the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide?
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On Tuesday I posed that question to former Texas A&M running back Brandon Leone. Brandon played for the Aggies from 2002-2007 and knows the 2012 team well too, after formerly covering them for TexAgs.com.
Leone talked about playing for the Aggies, being coached by Kevin Sumlin on the scout team and this year’s Aggies in this comprehensive interview, starting with:
- Brandon’s time at Texas A&M, in which he was recruited by R.C. Slocum, coached mostly by Dennis Franchione and for a time, worked on the scout team with Kevin Sumlin. Brandon also discusses the two games which Sumlin took over as offensive coordinator, and how well the offense played.
- We then move to the 2012 season, where we discuss the “perfect storm” around Aggies football. Not only are they in the right conference, with the right coach, but Texas is also on its way down and Arkansas and Auburn are struggling as well. Could it lead to Texas A&M becoming an elite, college football power?
- Looking at this season, why Brandon knew this team would be “special” right around the Arkansas game. Also, given that the Aggies only losses have come to Florida, LSU and potentially Alabama, is it possible that this club is actually a bit underrated headed into the Alabama game?
- Finally the keys Brandon sees for Saturday’s game, and why he thinks the Aggies will be able to keep things close, even if he doesn’t believe they’ll win.
Folks, if you’re a fan of college football, this is absolutely a podcast you’re going to want to listen to. Nobody brings the behind-the-scenes knowledge of Texas A&M football like Brandon does, and talking about the Aggies with him truly is my pleasure.
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Finally I want to thank Brandon for his time, and encourage you to follow him on Twitter @BrandonLeone. And of course, I want to thank you for taking the time to listen to the show.
Until next time…
Thanks for having Brandon on the podcast with an insightful view of A&M. Will be exciting to see "Johnny Football" against Alabama much like it would be to see Oregon against Alabama. Great players, great coaches and great football!
@todays tom sawyer Tom-
Thanks for checking in, and yes, I love having Brandon on the show. The guy was covering the team up until about a month ago, and knows this group inside and out, front and back... heck, he was the one telling me about Johnny Manziel in August and saying "You've got to watch out for this guy! He's going to be great." I hope to get a few more Aggies guys on the show as time goes on.
On a different note, you mentioned how Oregon might match-up with Alabama, did you know that Manziel was, at one point an Oregon commit? He decided at the last minute to stay home, but very easily could've been in Eugene. Can you imagine THAT guy, running THAT offense? Not that Mariota hasn't been good, but well, he's no Johnny football, huh?
Good luck this weekend!