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Texas A&M’s most intriguing storyline: John Chavis’ early impact on the defense

Texas A&M comes into spring practice hoping to be a contender in the SEC West in 2015 after an up and down 2014 campaign. The Aggies know that sophomore QB Kyle Allen will be the signal-caller, and they have a lot of talent and depth around him at the skill positions offensively — particularly receiver. The offense will be productive, although they can certainly improve from last year in terms of being efficient and consistent.

The biggest question for the Aggies is on the defensive side of the ball, where new defensive coordinator John Chavis takes over after leaving LSU to come to College Station. Chavis is one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators and will be expected to help turn around a dismal defensive group from last year. There is some talent on the defense, highlighted by DE Myles Garrett, but they lacked discipline and direction in 2014, getting torched for big plays and struggling to get off the field on third downs.

There is room for improvement all over the defense. The secondary needs to tighten up and make sure they are all on the same page to avoid getting beaten for big plays down the field in the passing game, while the front seven has to be better at the point of attack against the running game. Chavis’ LSU teams were great in those two areas during his tenure in Baton Rouge, and what we’ll be watching for this spring is how quickly he can implement his system and start building the foundation of a strong defense to compliment the Aggies’ high-powered offense.

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