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“My whole objective with him is that he distracts an offense, that he causes concern for a quarterback, he takes him out of his rhythm,” Sherman said. “If he does that, he does his job. I’m not a big stat guy to begin with, but his presence should change how an offense is planning to play the game.”

Miller, who flirted with leaving early for the NFL, is excited about the team in his last season.

“I think we’re a lot more confident,” he said. “We know each other a lot better and I think the overall sense of confidence with the team has just improved a lot more.”

The Aggies open the season with three straight home games, starting with Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 4. Sherman is as antsy as anyone to see the Aggies return to where they once were and he believes Texas A&M will be better now that his young team has a bit more experience.

“I think the Big 12 needs A&M to step up to the plate … and be that type of team,” he said. “We’re ready to accept that challenge.”