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Position-by-Position Review of Texas A&M's 2014 Roster

The Texas A&M football team has a roster that is almost completely stocked full of SEC-level talent. There are still some depth issues at certain positions, but the Texas A&M football coaches have done a tremendous job of turning over the roster in the last three recruiting classes. 

In order to be an elite program in the SEC, you need to be three-deep at every position. When the Aggies entered the SEC in 2012, they had good starters but suspect backups. In 2013, they lost a lot of those starters on defense and were forced to go with a youth movement that resulted in one of the worst defenses in the country. 

The Aggies will benefit from suffering through those youthful mistakes in 2013, with a more experienced roster in 2014. The Aggies are not three-deep across the board yet, but they are making strides in that direction. 

Head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have recruited consecutive top10 classes to Aggieland. The team's fans will really begin to see some of the fruit of that labor in 2014. 

This is a position-by-position breakdown of the Aggies roster in 2014. 

 

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Lane Kiffin Comments on Alabama Football Offense and More

A new era is beginning in Alabama with Lane Kiffin now in charge of the Crimson Tide offense. The former USC and Tennessee head coach took over the role of offensive coordinator this offseason and has slowly integrated his system in Tuscaloosa.  

Apparently much of that system will revolve around an immensely talented backfield. Kiffin spoke about how the process has gone thus far, via Mike Herndon of AL.com:

"As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks," Kiffin said. "There probably aren't three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we're fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama."

That trio includes T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake, along with a healthy dose of Derrick Henry. While Yeldon comes into the season as the bell cow for Kiffin's offense, the junior clearly won't be the only player fighting for snaps during the 2014 season.

But are the three better than the top-three backs of NFL teams? Ben Maller of Fox Sports Radio gives his thoughts on a former NFL team that Kiffin coached:

If all three backs are able to produce during the upcoming season with a good share of the touches, Kiffin might be able to see all three live up to his hype. After losing a two-time National Championship-winning quarterback in AJ McCarron to the NFL, leaning on such a talented trio might be the perfect fix for their loss behind center.

After a stable of backs like Eddie Lacy, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson have made their impact in the SEC, Yeldon and company might just make a dent of their own this season.

With the three-headed monster that Kiffin believes he has in Tuscaloosa, this might be yet another championship season for the Tide. But if his expectations for the three backs fall short—which we've seen happen multiple times to Kiffin—the 39-year-old coach might have his name on the hot seat early in his career.

 

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USC Football: 5 Reasons Why 5-Star CB Iman Marshall Will Sign with the Trojans

Though Steve Sarkisian has yet to coach a game for the Trojans, he has already made a significant impact on USC's recruiting fortunes.

Following up a fantastic finish to the 2014 recruiting class, Sark has already crafted what many think is a top 15 group of players, who have given the Trojans their verbal pledge for next year.

Now working with a full complement of scholarships after completing the NCAA imposed sanctions, the USC recruiting brain trust is not sitting on its laurels, though.

Indeed, the Trojans still have a bevy of high profile recruits on their radar and one of the most highly regarded of those players is the subject of this slideshow.

Iman Marshall is a big (6'1.5", 190 pounds) cornerback who is regarded as one of the finest prep players in the nation.

Rated a 5-star prospect by Scout.com, the Polytechnic High School (Long Beach, Calif.) product has everything and more one looks for in a lock down corner.

Marshall, whose nickname is "Biggie," is a priority for USC and though he is giving the Trojans a very long look, outwardly he remains mum on where he will wind up.

However, here are five reasons why Marshall will wind up in the Cardinal and Gold when all is said and done.

Or at least why he should.

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USC Football: 5 Reasons Why 5-Star CB Iman Marshall Will Sign with the Trojans

Though Steve Sarkisian has yet to coach a game for the Trojans, he has already made a significant impact on USC's recruiting fortunes...

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