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Texas A&M strength and conditioning coach Larry Jackson said that he has had to order new bars that can handle more weight to accommodate the needs of freshman DT Daylon Mack.

Well, that's impressive for a freshman. The 6-foot-2, 307-pounder was listed as the No. 6 player in the ESPN 300 ranking of high school recruits this winter. He's clearly up-to-the-task on the level of strength, though he's predictably unpolished in terms of the nuances of the game and will need to improve his pad level and pass rushing as his time with the Aggies rolls forward. His ESPN scouting report said that he is "built like a Mack truck." We're sure he's never heard that before.
Aug 28 - 3:59 PM

Texas A&M sophomore DE Myles Garrett "presents size usually present in juniors or seniors," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Garrett checks in at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. Draft analyst Reuter wrote that "[his] true freshman campaign already puts him among the top pass rushers in college football." In that freshman season, he recorded 11.5 sacks and 14.5 TFL thanks to what Reuter refers to as a "natural bend." "[That bend] gives him a chance to get around any offensive tackle in a hurry." Garrett was named to the Freshman All-American team last season and HC Kevin Sumlin has compared him to a combination of Adrian Peterson (explosive ability), Jean-Claude Van Damme (flexibility and strength) and a cat (body contortion). This all equals out to one of the most promising defenders in the SEC.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 5:23 PM

Texas A&M DL coach Terry Price notes that sophomore DE Myles Garrett has obviously "gotten stronger" in the off season.

"Obviously, he's gotten stronger," Texas A&M defensive line coach Terry Price told ESPN.com. "He's gotten healthier. He has done a better job at the point of attack. One of the biggest things we worked on this spring and this fall is hand placement ... and he’s worked hard at it, and he’s done a better job with his hands." The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Garrett earned consensus Freshman All-American honors last year, after posting 50 tackles, and 11.5 sacks.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 3:25 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin officially named sophomore Kyle Allen the school's starting QB.

Many fans pushed for freshman Kyler Murray to see action early in his career, but Sumlin will stick by the quarterback who finished last season as the starter. Over those five games, Allen tossed 13 touchdowns to five interceptions. Expect Murray to see a few snaps per game, but Allen is the real starter.
Aug 24 - 1:47 PM

Texas A&M redshirt junior CB Brandon Williams, who moved from RB, has impressed during preseason work, per Bruce Feldman.

He is the team's fastest player, which is uncommon for a 6'0/205 lbs player. That size was cited by Kevin Sumlin when the redshirt junior changed positions. The Aggies are really trying to change the culture and success of their defense.
Aug 18 - 10:52 AM

Texas A&M redshirt sophomore WR Ricky Seals-Jones possesses "the ability to develop into a first rounder," believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At the moment, Pauline grades him as a second-rounder. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Seals-Jones is one of the most talented receivers in the country, but the five-star recruit's career to this point has been hampered by injuries. Last year, in an appetizer of sorts, he put up 49 catches for 465 yards and four touchdowns. He could more than double those numbers if he doesn't get hurt this fall.
Aug 16 - 8:32 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Texas A&M redshirt junior T Germain Ifedi is being "vastly underrated."

"This time last year I wrote glowingly about then offensive guard Germain Ifedi and predicted he was the next great offensive line prospect from A&M," Pauline wrote. "I was even more impressed watching him at right tackle in 2014 and feel he’s being vastly underrated. Ifedi possesses the footwork and mobility to pass protect as well as the athleticism to block in motion." Pauline gives Ifedi a Rd. 1 grade. "Though he needs to improve his run blocking strength Ifedi has the makings of a starting tackle at the next level who can play on the either left or right side," Pauline wrote. "Word at present time is Ifedi will enter the 2016 NFL draft."
Aug 16 - 1:16 PM

According to Aggies beat writer Billy Liucci, Texas A&M senior DT Julien Obioha stated that he would like to be 285 pounds in time for the Aggies' season-opener, as he's currently weighing in at 280 pounds.

Obioha is the Aggies' most experienced player up front, with 36 career starts entering the 2015 season. The four-year starter recently moved from DE to DT during the offseason. Obioha finished the 2014 season with 47 tackles, with 5.0 tackles for loss and one sack.
Aug 13 - 2:25 PM

Texas A&M freshman WR Christian Kirk returned to practice after missing a day with a throat ailment.

Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital called the illness "strep throat," but it didn't cause Kirk to miss more than a day of practice. Nothing major here. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver looked good during spring practice and is among the four wideouts currently tabbed as starters on the Aggies' depth chart.
Aug 12 - 7:54 PM

Texas A&M freshman QB Kyler Murray is drawing on-field comparisons to former Aggies star Johnny Manziel.

Aggies offensive coordinator Jake Spavital called Murray a "special player" and went on to invoke memories of Manziel when he said, "he just turns and goes and makes something happen, very similar to how Johnny used to play." Murray and sophomore gunslinger Kyle Allen are both in play for the starting gig at A&M, though Allen has the upper-hand given his success from last season. Murray's the more dynamic runner and could see his share of plays even if he doesn't initially start, while Allen is more a prototypical pocket quarterback.
Aug 12 - 3:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter thinks Texas A&M senior P Drew Kaser has the best chance of any punter to get drafted next spring.

"Nearly every year, one punter hears his name called in the top 200 picks; it could be Kaser in 2016 because he possesses the leg strength and hang time to consistently change field position," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder led the SEC with a 47.4 yard-per-punt average in 2013, finishing as a Ray Guy Award finalist and besting longtime NFL stud Shane Lechler's school record. His 2014 encore wasn't so bad either, with a 44.5 yard average and 19-of-56 punts being downed inside the 20.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 11 - 1:17 AM

Texas A&M freshman RB Jay Bradford will not report to practices due to an undisclosed health issue.

"The health and well-being of Jay is the only thing that matters," Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin. "He is still part of our team but just unable to participate in preseason drills. Jay and his family know that they can depend on us through this process." The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Bradford is likely to take a redshirt. Aggies coaches hand-timed the speed merchant at 4.28 and 4.29 seconds in a pair of 40-yard dashes early in the summer.
Source: 12thman.com
Aug 10 - 7:24 PM

Texas A&M senior RB Tra Carson has "just enough speed to make linebackers regret leaving a gap for him to run through," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot, 240-pound bulldozer led the team with 581 rushing yards last season despite starting only four games. Included in those totals was his Offensive MVP showing in the Liberty Bowl, when he churned out 133 yards.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 5:44 PM

Former UCLA redshirt sophomore S Priest Willis transferred to Texas A&M.

Willis will have two years of eligibility remaining in 2016 after sitting out this fall. The 2013 four-star recruit was ranked as the No. 56 prep prospect overall by Rivals. Willis played in nine games last year after redshirting in 2013.
Jul 31 - 1:58 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin called sophomore DE Myles Garrett a blend of Adrian Peterson, Jean-Claude Van Damme and a cat.

Incredible. Let's break this down. Sumlin says Garrett has Peterson's explosion, Van Damme's flexibility and strength and a cat's body contortion. "We call him Batman," says Sumlin, "because his body looks like the costume." Garrett was one of the top SEC defenders last season in just his first year in college football. Expect the Texas A&M defense to take a step forward this season.
Jul 28 - 9:40 AM


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