June 20, 2006

Franchione needs big year in Aggieland

Dennis Franchione took a seat on the recliner during the bowl season. Now the Texas A&M coach will enter 2006 on the hot seat. A soft non-conference schedule could help the Aggies by October match their win total from a year ago, but how will it sit with loyalists if they reach a bowl but suffer through another mediocre league season?Next up: TEXAS A&M.

BRIEFLY: Franchione hopes new defense means improvement
5-6, 3-5 in the Big 12 in 2005
Texas A&M ranked 17th nationally in total offense (442.3 yards), but a poor defense (107th in total defense and 117th against the pass) contributed to the Aggies finishing with four straight losses by an average of three TDs.

Franchione has brought in Gary Darnell and two other defensive coaches, as the Aggies have gone from the 4-2 to 4-2-5.

"I was impressed with the amount we were able to get done in 15 days (of spring practice) on (defense)," Franchione said, "probably more than I realistically expected."

The faulty Wrecking Crew must do better than show just a semblance of its former self to help strong-armed sophomore QB Stephen McGee and an offense that figures to be explosive.

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