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Mike Elko's early moves has Texas A&M trending in a positive trajectory

January 4, 2024
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We’re told one must crawl before one can run.

Except in the case of Texas A&M football in which the stages may be inverted.

Too often the pratfalls of recent seasons have raised temptations of running to the nearest bar and crawling inside a bottle of hooch.

A 12-13 record over two seasons will do that.

Yet, now that the Jimbo Fisher era has run its course, I’m willing to crawl out on the proverbial limb and announce better fortunes await A&M football in 2024.

Scoff if you must. Dismiss the above paragraph as maniacal gibberish. Say the aforementioned hooch is talking.

But the moves Mike Elko has made since taking over as A&M’s head coach have rendered me intoxicated with optimism.

It’s easy to be optimistic in January. We know all too well not to assume offseason headlines lead to in-season success.

However, it was clear drastic changes needed to be made. Elko has made them.

He took steps to repair the damaged relationship between A&M and Texas high school coaches.

He’s been more active in the transfer portal than Fisher ever was.

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Bussey committed to A&M on Sept. 28 and checks in at No. 3 on TexAgs’ Top Recruits in Texas for 2024.

Considering he took over at A&M just three weeks before early national signing day, his recruiting class was solid, especially if he can sign Terry Bussey‍ in February.

Mostly, he has assembled a coaching staff that figures to make the Aggies a better-coached team if nothing else.

Collin Klein was brought in from Kansas State to update the offense that needs to be overhauled.

Elko convinced receivers coach Holmon Wiggins to leave Alabama to replace the unproductive Dameyune Craig. He brought in Patrick Dougherty to upgrade A&M’s horrific special teams units.

A&M had special teams breakdowns in four of its five regular season losses.

Miami returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Tennessee returned a punt for a score. Alabama blocked a key field goal. So did Ole Miss.

The Aggies gave up two touchdowns on kickoffs last season. They had three field goals blocked.

Fisher didn’t think the Aggies needed a designated special teams coach.

Perhaps Elko’s best move, though, was bringing in Tommy Moffitt to be A&M’s Director of Football Strength & Conditioning. Moffitt helped three different LSU coaches win national championships.

Former LSU center T-Bob Hebert, a radio and podcast host, recently lamented Moffitt going to A&M while also raving about how he makes players better.

“I (expletive) hate that you are going to be in College Station now in those colors,” Hebert said in an interview with Moffitt two weeks ago. “I’ve really enjoyed making fun of Texas A&M for being soft. If there’s one thing that A&M will not be — we’ll see where the wins and losses shake out — but this team ain’t going to be soft. I can guarantee that.”

“I’ve really enjoyed making fun of Texas A&M for being soft. If there’s one thing that A&M will not be — we’ll see where the wins and losses shake out — but this team ain’t going to be soft. I can guarantee that.”
- Former LSU OL T-Bob Hebert

Moffitt replied: “We’re bringing hell with us, T-Bob.”

Hell yes.

The Aggies were on the goal line with a chance to pull within two points in the final two minutes against Alabama. They lost 26-20 to that same Crimson Tide team which last week lost in overtime to No. 1 Michigan.

A&M had a lead over Ole Miss late in the fourth quarter but fell 38-35. The Rebels just dominated No. 10 Penn State to finish with an 11-win season.

The Aggies fell at Tennessee 20-13. The Volunteers completed their nine-win season by destroying No. 17 Iowa.

A&M started its backup quarterback in all those losses.

That suggests the Aggies may not be that far away from fielding a championship-caliber team.

Maybe an organized head coach, a new offensive scheme, better special teams, some help from the transfer portal and a better culture built in the offseason strength and conditioning program will make the difference.

I'm confident they will make a significant difference. That’s why I can crawl out on that limb and announce A&M will be better next season. Indeed, I’d like to proclaim the Aggies will immediately be a championship team.

But that might be the hooch talking.

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Mike Elko's early moves has Texas A&M trending in a positive trajectory

21,676 Views | 19 Replies | Last: 5 mo ago by AWP 97
JPK89
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"Intoxicated with optimism."

I'll have what you're drinking!
Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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mike elko is making all the right moves no doubt about it. hopefully they work
TAMU74
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We shall see.
csag75
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Shooz in Katy
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We have entered the platinum era of Aggie football. (The golden era just kind of crapped on us and left these last decades. Time for a new metaphorical era. )
RomanAg11
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Great write up!
eATMup-Reveille
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Let's hope the offensive line becomes as mean and nasty as those of the 90's.
hamean02
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moves has or moves have? (sorry to be grammar police but I've been staring at this headline for hours and it's bothering me).
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T-Bob Hebert.


You can't make this **** up.
Magpie
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Now that I've seen the entire staff lineup and read all the bios and what-have-you, I'm impressed.

Intrigued with the two DL coaches: Jerrod-Eddie, being a true Aggie, a really good player and a smart guy, it appears; and this other cat Spencer, who was very successful in college, coaching at Penn State, and in the NFL. Relative to star level talent, I think we have underperformed in the 12 and 13 period under Jimbo.

Cushing is certainly an up-and-comer. University of Chicago, also a bright guy. Can't be much worse, so will probably be better.

The telltale stat of our OL recently--would be how many QBs we have lost, measured as quarters lost to injury relative to whole seasons, or remainders of seasons, they could have played. If that's calculated by anyone, our metric would be in the stratosphere.

One strong thread is the Elko-Duke connection, and that's a nod for him to be able to bring along these key members of his former successful staff.

WR coach hire is seismic for the WR room.

I think this K-State guy is gonna be hot.

Encouraged
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AgNav93
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Don't. Don't make me optimistic again!
Magpie
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I know what you mean, but don't overthink it. I think it's "have."
You may be through with the past, but the past may not be through with you...
Buck Nasty
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Hooch is crazy
Ranch Dressing
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Lol for real
jinsop
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Aggie Football is like Soccer. In my 20 years as an Aggie, this Aggie game has been like a 0-0 game waiting for that last minute goal and the hope to win a championship. We have hit the post multiple times, penalty kicks being saved by the opposite team, ball being clear from the goal line, and still over the years it is a 0-0 game. Let's not get to excited about this new coach change as we did with Jimbo Fisher and in our thoughts we are rolling the carpet again. We will just find out the reality that we just don't have it and will never belong to the elite like Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Miami, etc. I hope I am wrong.
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Magpie said:

I know what you mean, but don't overthink it. I think it's "have."
I second that.
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Buck Nasty said:

Hooch is crazy
Maroon drank…koolaid colored with morphine and promethazine to alter the mood!!!
Cotton79
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Olin, I must be drinking the same hooch.
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Detmersdislocatedshoulder said:

mike elko is making all the right moves no doubt about it. hopefully they work


If they don't work, then they can't be "all the right moves".
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