Olin Buchanan
Columnist
Olin joined TexAgs in July of 2012 as a columnist. He previously was a national college football writer for Rivals.com and Yahoo. A graduate of White Oak High School in East Texas, Olin worked at newspapers in Longview and Tyler before covering the Aggies for the Bryan-College Station Eagle from 1993-95. He also worked at the Austin American-Statesman for 11 years. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and a Heisman Trophy voter.
Around the Horn: Musings on college football entering '16 season
With college football season drawing ever near, it's time for a critical look at Texas A&M's recent NFL Draft success along the offensive line, the school's responsibility for Johnny Manziel's off-field incidents, Big 12 expansion and much more.
Keys to Victory: A game-by-game look at Texas A&M's 2016 slate
Any locksmith knows that sometimes keys must be changed. That could happen when looking at the 2016 schedule and the keys to victory for Texas A&M, too. But even in July some of these keys are locks.
New & Improved: Slimmer Daylon Mack set for explosive second year
Talent was never a concern regarding talented Texas A&M defensive tackle Daylon Mack. Tonnage, however, was. Still, the 'Mack Truck' went on to post 9.5 tackles for 35 yards in losses as a freshman ... before dropping nearly 30 pounds heading into 2016.
Hugh Freeze, Les Miles address off-field issues to round out SECMD
At an event where the focus is supposed to be the upcoming football season, coaches from Ole Miss and LSU found themselves talking about recruiting violations and civil unrest, respectively. The attention eventually returned to the gridiron, where South Carolina's Will Muschamp is eager for a second chance.
The Fright: Breakout year in store for Aggies' Ricky Seals-Jones?
Ricky Seals-Jones is 6-5, 240 pounds and runs like a receiver — and for SEC defensive backs tasked with covering him, that's downright terrifying. According to the man himself, both he and Texas A&M may be primed to make the leap this season.
Bret Bielema, Nick Saban take center stage on SECMD's third day
The third leg of the SEC Media Days marathon contained two of the conferences biggest personalities. Bielema provided his usual brand of comedy, focusing on the importance of beating Texas A&M, while Saban fended off questions on Alabama's vulnerabilities. Missouri and Kentucky took their turns at the mic to close out the day.
Knight Time: Trevor Knight's fresh start & its impact at Texas A&M
It's a fair question to ask: can the Aggies count on a Big 12 backup to negotiate them through the treacherous terrain of the SEC West? The story of Trevor Knight, however, is about maturation — not simply of a player, but of an entire program.
The Dinosaur: Myles Garrett's star shines brightest in Hoover
On Tuesday at the 2016 SEC Media Days, Myles Garrett — perhaps the nation’s most explosive defensive player — spoke about antiquated athletic values like humility, honor and love-of-the-game ... in merely the latest and greatest way he continues to upend expectations.
Coaches field tough questions in SEC Media Days' second session
Mississippi State's questionable acceptance of five-star freshman Jeffrey Simmons, Georgia's unstable QB situation and Tennessee's bus troubles gave the media plenty to talk about and kept some coaches on their toes on Tuesday as SECMD16 continued.
Carl Lawson's return highlights SEC Media Days' opening round
11 days ago by Olin Buchanan
SEC Media Days are back once again, and there is no shortage of storylines. From DE Carl Lawson's return from injury to Florida's offensive line troubles and Vanderbilt's quarterback situation, SEC coaches and players laid out their plans and hopes for the 2016 season.
The Two-Way Street: Run game to dictate Texas A&M's 2016 fortunes
As has become typical, opinions on Texas A&M are far-ranging entering the season. But even with a remade philosophy, most at SEC Media Days agree: 2016 will boil down to how well the Aggies can manage the run game on both sides of the ball.
Peyton Manning to visit Kyle Field
12 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Positions of Power: Ranking the SEC's best secondaries
Historically, a key component to the powerful defenses of the schools in the Southeastern Conference are the secondaries. Projected again to be filled to the brim with talent, which SEC secondary will control the airways in 2016?
Promise & Potential: The next step for Texas A&M Basketball
Joining last season in the history books are three All-SEC selections and a Sweet Sixteen berth. Surely, Texas A&M should expect a drop-off in 2016-17 ... right? Analyzing the potential of the Aggies' probable starting lineup leads to a different conclusion.
Positions of Power: Ranking the SEC's best linebacker corps
17 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Strong linebacker play is as much a part of Southeastern football tradition as cowbells, houndstooth hats and Kentucky bourbon. It's expected to stay that way this season in the SEC, where several teams feature potential All-Americans — but who is the cream of the crop?
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