The Aggies began their second season under Emory Bellard 1-2 — defeating Wichita State and falling to LSU and Boston College by a combined 13 points. A&M turned to 17-year-old David Walker, who became the youngest ever to start a college game, to replace Mike Jay at quarterback. He was helped by a wishbone backfield of Skip Walker, Bubba Bean and Alvin Bowers, and A&M went 4-2 in its next six. That included a domination of Clemson in which Bean ran for 204 yards — the first 200-yard rusher in 11 years. Ed Simionini and Garth TenNapel manned the linebacker spots for a vastly improved A&M defense. Though A&M was improving, it lost its last two, including another blowout loss to Texas — who won the SWC for the sixth consecutive season. The Longhorns ran the ball 79 times for 373 yards, neglecting to throw a pass, in the 42-13 win. Simionini, a sophomore, won the SWC Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 130 tackles.