Preview 2018: Texas A&M Aggies. The $75 Million Chance On Greatness

Preview 2018: Texas A&M Aggies. The $75 Million Chance On Greatness

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Preview 2018: Texas A&M Aggies. The $75 Million Chance On Greatness

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Best Texas A&M Offensive Player

RB Trayveon Williams, Jr.
The 5-9, 200-pounder started out the season ripping through UCLA for over 200 yards and two scores, but was never quite right the rest of the way. The 1,057-yard back as a freshman managed just one more 100-yard day the rest of the way and was stuffed to a dead stop by the SEC’s better run defenses.

The home run hitting speed is there, he can catch, and he’s a proven force when he gets a little room to move. He’s not going to be a big-time workhorse, but with a little luck, he should average over six yards per carry and blow past the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in three years.

2. WR Jhamon Austin, Soph.
3. QB Nick Starkel, Soph.
4. TE Jace Sternberger, Jr.
5. QB Kellen Mond, Soph.

Best Texas A&M Defensive Player

DE Landis Durham, Sr.
One of the nation’s best pass rushers, the former linebacker turned into a whale of a defensive end, rolling up 56 tackles with 10.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

At 6-3 and 255 pounds, he’s a true tweener with the quickness and closing speed to be even more of a terror off the edge under the new coaching staff. Consistent, tough, and just scratching the surface, he’ll be keyed on, but he has the talent to take over games by himself.

2. LB Otaro Alaka, Sr.
3. LB Tyrel Dodson, Jr.
4. DT Daylon Mack, Sr.
5. S Derrick Tucker, Soph.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Nick Starkel, Soph.
Or Kellen Mond. Either way, the call on the starting quarterback will likely determine the direction of the program for the next three seasons – and both of the options can ball.

The 6-3, 218-pound Starkel is a passer. He got dinged up early on with an ankle problem, but he rallied back late in the season and found his groove over the final month, hitting New Mexico for 416 yards and four scores and Wake Forest for 499 yards and four touchdowns. However, he’s not much of a runner.

Mond did an okay job in Starkel’s place after a disastrous 3-of-17 performance against UCLA, but the passing game started to die late in the season. He’s a dynamic threat with a world of upside – he just needs to be more accurate and consistent.

Key Game To The Texas A&M Season

LSU, Nov. 24
Of course, A&M has its chances to make some massive statements with Clemson and Alabama on the slate early, and with road games at Auburn and South Carolina in the middle of the slate, but if Jimbo Fisher is about to show that it’s a new era with more production about to come, he has to close out the regular season with a win over LSU.

Playing LSU was a regular thing way back in the day, but it wasn’t a frequent occurrence for a long while until the Aggies joined the SEC. Since the move, they’ve been able to handle Auburn well enough, and they even beat Alabama.

They haven’t been able to get by LSU, going 0-6 so far. Throw in the 2011 Cotton Bowl, and as a program, the last win over the Tigers was the 1995 opener back when A&M was part of the Southwest Conference.

2017 Texas A&M Fun Stats

– Sacks: Texas A&M 43 for 252 yards – Opponents 29 for 184 yards
– Punt Return Average: Texas A&M 17.1 yards – Opponents 8.1 yards
– Field Goals: Texas A&M 18-of-22 – Opponents 13-of-20

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