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The Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman believes Texas A&M redshirt freshman QB Nick Starkel is the favorite to start.

On the Paul Finebaum show Monday, Zwerneman said he expects Starkel to be behind center for Texas A&M's opener against UCLA. The beat writer indicated that Starkel has started to pull away from Jake Hubenak and Kellen Mond. "It’s looking like it’s going to be Nick Starkel," Zwerneman said. "Starkel looks like he’s out in front of those other guys, maybe even by a good margin." Hubenak and Mond have a few weeks to try to turn the tide, but they've got work to do. "Just watching [Starkel] in practice, he throws a really pretty ball," Zwerneman added. "Right now, it looks like it’s going to be Starkel."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 10 - 2:00 PM

Former Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel indicated that he would be interested in coaching at the college level if his playing-career sputters out for good.

Manziel was drafted by the Browns in the spring of 2014, struggled on and off the field and was eventually released after the 2015 season. He has not played since. "I’d do something involved with sports (if my career flat-lines). I can’t get away from it," Manziel said before adding that if he were to join the coaching ranks, it would "probably" come in teaching up college ball, rather than the NFL.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 8 - 1:44 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman freshman WR Jhamon Ausbon and JUCO DE Michael Clemons "really REALLY" pass the eyeball test.

Recently Shehan Jeyarajah said Ausbon is "likely ready to be a lead contributor" this season in just his first year. If that happens, Ausbon would combine with Christian Kirk to form one of the top receiver duos in the SEC. The two are quite different, as Kirk dominates on big plays and with the ball in his hands. Ausbon boasts a 6-foot-2 frame.
Aug 8 - 11:31 AM

Texas A&M redshirt freshman WR Quartney Davis (ACL) caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the spring game.

Davis missed last season due to a torn ACL. The Aggies are attempting to sort out the WR depth chart behind Christian Kirk. Aaron Hansford, Jhamon Ausbon and Damion Ratley are all competing with Davis for reps. Ausbon, a true frosh, received the most hype in the spring.
Jul 20 - 2:35 PM

During SEC Media Days, Texas A&M junior WR Christian Kirk declined to discuss his intentions on potentially declaring for the NFL draft after the upcoming season.

Kirk did say that he interviewed with NFL scouts at Texas A&M's pro day workout. The Aggies' star is expected to declare for the draft after the 2017 season, assuming he's healthy. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Kirk No. 5 overall on his first 2018 big board. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom slotted Kirk No. 13 to the Lions in a 2018 mock draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 18 - 2:41 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin confirmed that senior CB Nick Harvey (knee) will likely be sidelined for the 2017 season.

The good news -- if you can call it that -- is that Harvey hasn't used a redshirt year yet. "I don’t foresee him being able to go," Sumlin said Wednesday. "It could be a redshirt situation." Harvey suffered a significant (but unspecified) knee injury during a spring scrimmage. The starting cornerback subsequently underwent surgery. If he indeed misses the campaign, Harvey figures to return as a fifth-year senior in 2018.
Jul 13 - 3:26 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso ranks Texas A&M senior S Armani Watts as the No. 53 overall draft prospect.

"The 5-foot-11, 200-pound lightning bug is a striker on the back end for the Aggies," Brown wrote. Unfortunately, his season was cut short in 2016. Watts finished with 56 tackles, six TFL, and two interceptions in eight games last year while missing four to injury. In 2015, Watts posted 126 tackles and six TFL.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 30 - 2:44 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough expects Texas A&M junior DE Jarrett Johnson to step up in the absence of Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Johnson played in every game as a reserve last season. He finished with six TFL and matched Hall with 4.5 sacks despite not starting a game.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 3:43 PM

Former Texas A&M OL Trevor Elbert is returning from a possible career ending injury and will play for Ventura College at the JUCO level.

Elbert redshirted in 2015 and did not see the field in 2016 before undergoing the surgery that was believed to have ended his career at the time. If everything goes his way, Elbert could transfer to another program following a JUCO season.
Jun 29 - 11:38 AM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah believes that Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin's crew will need to win at least eight wins in the regular season for him to keep his job.

Sumlin has already been put on notice by AD Scott Woodward, who said at the end of May that "Coach knows he has to win and he has to win this year." That could prove problematic, at least if Jeyarajah's assessment of the team is accurate. The analyst writes that the team's roster "might not be ready" due to questions at quarterback, defensive line, linebacker and wideout. Our take -- eight wins might not even be enough. Sumlin has turned in three consecutive 8-5 seasons to get himself into this do-or-die situation.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 18 - 2:51 PM

Texas A&M received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 LB Brian Johnson.

Johnson is fresh off a visit to the Aggies. Rivals analyst Nick Krueger notes that the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is expected to play a fair bit of safety during his senior season at Manvel High (Texas), but that his ultimate place with Texas A&M will be as a linebacker. Johnson ranks as Rivals' No. 30 linebacking prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 17 - 2:03 PM

Rivals notes that Texas A&M four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Grant Gunnell was mostly a non-factor at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Per the outlet, "The Texas A&M commit made some nice passes in one-on-ones, but played fairly conservatively in the 7-on-7 tournament." One uneventful performance aside, the 6-foot-6, 207-pounder out of Texas offers a palatable frame for collegiate play and Greg Biggins of Scout.com believes that Gunnell has a chance to develop into an NFL quarterback with the proper coaching as he develops.
Source: Rivals
Jun 15 - 4:29 PM

SEC Country's Alec Shirkey thinks Texas A&M would be well served using sophomore RB Trayveon Williams on kick returns.

Shirkey believes that putting Williams back on kickoffs could help maximize the 5-foot-9, 200-pounder's big-play potential. Shirkey ranks him as the No. 9 running back in the SEC. He rushed for a healthy 1,057 yards (6.8 YPC) and eight touchdowns last season, but failed to surpass 100 yards on the ground in any of the team's final seven games. A more consistent body of work in 2017 could do wonders for HC Kevin Sumlin, who is already on the hot seat heading into the season.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 13 - 7:32 PM

Texas A&M received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell.

We are still waiting for the initial rankings on the 2019 class to be posted by the major recruiting outlets, but you can reasonably expect Gunnell to be pretty high up there when the time comes. The 6-foot-6, 207-pounder posted video game numbers during his sophomore season at St. Pious (Texas), throwing for 4,970 yards with a just-plain-silly 65/11 TD/INT ratio. Scout.com's Greg Powers writes that Gunnell is "a quarterback with the plus size that college coaches covet and with the frame potential and skill sets of a potential NFL draft pick one day with the right college development."
Source: Scout.com
Jun 8 - 9:44 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah writes that Texas A&M freshman WR Jhamon Ausbon is " likely ready to be a lead contributor."

This is not the first time we have heard such buzz, as Sam Kahn Jr. offered up a similar opinion earlier this offseason, noting that the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was a "quality performer" during spring practice and "has a good chance to start and contribute right away." Christian Kirk remains a mainstay at wideout, but the team will need Ausbon, Quartney Davis and others to step up to help replace the losses of Josh Reynolds, Speedy Noil and Ricky-Seals Jones.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 4 - 1:19 PM


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