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.
Surprised but prepared: Aggies' expectations still high despite opt-outs
Jhamon Ausbon and Anthony Hines were expected to play key roles for the Aggies in 2020 prior to their respective decisions to opt out. However, Jimbo Fisher doesn't expect his football team is any worse off following these surprising developments.
Texas A&M linebacker Anthony Hines opts out of 2020 season
Less than a week before the Aggies' season opener against Vanderbilt, Texas A&M linebacker Anthony Hines announced via social media that he is opting out of the 2020 football season.
Press Row: Aggie beat reporters discuss main storylines ahead of 2020 season
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 5 days ago by TexAgs
The 2020 season opener is just over a week away, and Gabe Bock, Olin Buchanan, Brent Zwerneman, Mike Lucas and Robert Cessna sit down to talk about the big stories in Aggie football ahead of the season.
Around CFB: Sun Belt makes its case for conference superiority
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 6 days ago by Olin Buchanan
In a year without a full slate of non-conference showdowns, it becomes much more difficult to differentiate between the leagues. However, in Week One, the Sun Belt made a strong case for themselves following a 3-0 showing against the Power 5 Big 12.
The Seven Wonders of the College Football World
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 7 days ago by Gabe Bock
If there was a true list of the Seven Wonders of the College Football World, would Texas A&M's 12th Man make the list? Gabe Bock asked a panel of sports media members, and here is their list of college football's wonders.
Jalen Wydermyer building on family legacy started by his father
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 7 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Vincent Wydermyer is something of a local legend in Dickinson and is considered one of the best football players to ever play at Dickinson High School. Following an All-SEC freshman campaign by his son Jalen in 2019, another Wydermyer is destined enter those discussions.
Reasons to Believe: Aggies have cause for optimism about an improved offensive line
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 11 days ago by Olin Buchanan
It's no secret that the Aggies' offensive line must improve for A&M to reach their goals in 2020. As head coach Jimbo Fisher and sophomore guard Kenyon Green have said, the line's improved communication and more developed talent are two reasons to be hopeful.
Aggies opting in: Family atmosphere helps most players buy in to 2020
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 18 days ago by Olin Buchanan
While Texas A&M has seen a trio of players decide to opt out of the 2020 college football season for whatever reason, the Aggies haven't been plagued by the new "option" around the game like others. That could be attributed to the team's "family atmosphere."
Tips for 2020: Keys to keep in mind against each of A&M's foes this season
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 19 days ago by Olin Buchanan
While Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher certainly doesn't need any help, sometimes a tip or two can come in handy. Here's a list of single things to focus on in each of the Aggies' games this season that should improve the Maroon & White's chances of victory.
Texas A&M President Michael K. Young to retire in May 2021
19 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young announced on Wednesday that he will retire as president effective May 31, 2021. He indicated he will then join the faculty of the Bush School and the Texas A&M School of Law.
Texas A&M's success in 2020 likely to hinge on three key factors
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 25 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Aggie fans hope 2020 is different, but for the team to achieve the goals that'll appease the fanbase, they'll need to progress in three crucial facets of the game.
Good to Great: Tweaking turnover numbers key to Mond's, A&M's title hopes
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 26 days ago by Olin Buchanan
For Kellen Mond to be great in his third and final year until head coach Jimbo Fisher, he'll need to begin with limiting his turnovers. However, throughout his career, Mond's turnovers have rarely been the deciding factor in wins and losses.
No Madubuike, no problem: Johnson, Hines expect defense to improve in 2020
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 28 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Could the Aggies really lose an All-SEC defensive lineman in Justin Madubuike and see their defense improve? Linebackers Buddy Johnson and Anthony Hines seem to think so and believe A&M's 2020 defensive unit could be the best since the duo arrived on campus.
Veteran leadership, work ethic have Fisher bullish about 2020 Aggies
Finally back on the practice field with his football team after missing spring drills, Jimbo Fisher seems to like what he sees. Praising his team's attitude and work ethic, Fisher is talking about a culture change as talented players lead with a sense of urgency.
Front of the Line: Dan Moore determined to help lead an O-line resurgence for A&M
It's no question that Texas A&M's offensive line must improve from last year's less-than-stellar showing, and if the Aggies are stout up front, the offense could take off. With a returning cast of characters along the line, the biggest question is how big of a step the unit will take?
Making Dad proud: On and off the field, Kenyon Green is celebrated by family
Kenyon Green found a spot along Texas A&M's offensive line early in his career, due in part to the tutelage he received as a child from his father, Henry, and so many other friends and family members. Kenyon may be young, but he's already making those around him proud.
Beginning a fall camp that wasn't guaranteed, Aggies focused and faster
During his media availability on Tuesday, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher raved about the Aggies' heightened focus and noticeably improved quickness across the board. Despite being just one day into fall camp, there is plenty that excites Fisher about his team.
Aggies facing a notably steeper climb in SEC's new-look schedule
It was announced on Monday afternoon that the Aggies would open the 2020 season at Kyle Field with a tune-up contest against Vanderbilt, but what about the rest of the schedule? Playing ten SEC foes certainly won't be a walk in the park.
It actually does mean more: Football vital for well-being of college towns
The local economies of college towns around the country will be negatively impacted by not having college football this fall. In the SEC, ACC and Big 12, finding a balance between generating revenue and keeping athletes safe from COVID-19 is of the upmost importance.
While some plan to throw in the towel, Hogs ready to run SEC gauntlet
Arkansas' schedule was already ridiculously hard before the Razorbacks drew both Georgia and Florida as their new crossover opponents, yet the Hogs still intend to play. If they're willing to face that schedule amid a pandemic, maybe others should consider playing as well.
 
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