UTEP at Texas A&M: Game Week Q&A

Thomas B. Shea

UTEP plays its last non-conference game of the season against Texas A&M Saturday 7 PM MDT on ESPN2. The fellas over at SB Nation's Good Bull Hunting give us an inside look at Aggieland.

Fellow SB Nation brethren Good Bull Hunting joins us for this week's Q&A session as we find out a little more about out this weekends game.

MinerRush: We know that Johnny Manziel has been a little dinged up and was questionable heading into the contest against Vanderbilt. He didn't seem to be hampered against the Commodores, but should we expect his snaps to be limited in any way against the Miners?

Good Bull Hunting: He'll probably play the first half and then rest the second, depending on the score. I think they're just playing it safe for now because he still seems a little off on some of the finesse passes. Luckily we have a bye week after Mississippi State next weekend to try to get him back to a million percent before the brutal end to our schedule (at LSU, at Missouri).

MR: Defensively, the Aggies have struggled against the run, and the Miners will look to run early and often, especially with Jameill Showers out due to injury. Do you think the Miners will be able to find any success running the football?

GBH: I think the Miners might have some luck early with Aaron Jones, depending on how well we make adjustments. The defensive line has been playing better lately, but we're really young up front.

MR: Who are some of the play makers Miner fans should be looking out for on defense?

GBH: True freshman Darian Claiborne, the starting middle backer. He's come on really strong this year and every game he's getting better and better. And Deshazor Everett in the secondary is the leader of the defense. He's our best corner, but has had to play some safety also due to injuries.

MR: Aside from Manziel and star wideout Mike Evans, who do you expect to see step up on offense?

GBH: Trey Williams is probably the best of our running backs. If he gets around 15 carries or so he could really distinguish himself from the other three very talented backs.

MR: There were high hopes for A&M coming into the season, but those took a bit of a hit with the home loss two weeks ago to Auburn. Does that make a game like this even more of an opportunity to make a statement, or do you think its one most will overlook?

GBH: I think people are starting to realize that we have lightning in a bottle with the Manziel-to-Evans show and are excited about seeing them in person as many times as possible no matter who the opponent is. As long as we have those two guys out there and mostly healthy it feels like we have a chance to beat anybody.

MR: Final thoughts, predictions on the outcome?

Camacho: 55-17 Aggies. It takes us a while to get settled, but Manziel gets into a rhythm in the second quarter, builds a decent halftime lead, and sits out most of the second half.

Follow Good Bull Hunting on Twitter @GBHunting and make sure to also check out their UTEP and Texas A&M coverage.

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