2018 Texas A&M Aggies football team

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2018 Texas A&M Aggies football
Texas A&M University logo.svg
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 52–13 vs. NC State
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 16
2018 record9–4 (5–3 SEC)
Head coachJimbo Fisher (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorDarrell Dickey (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorMike Elko (1st season)
Home stadiumKyle Field
(Capacity: 102,733)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7т Georgia x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Kentucky   5 3         10 3  
No. 7т Florida   5 3         10 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 16 Texas A&M   5 3         9 4  
No. 6 LSU   5 3         10 3  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2018 Texas A&M Aggies football team represents Texas A&M University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aggies play their home games at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are led by first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Previous season[edit]

The Aggies finished the 2017 season 7–6, 4–4 in SEC play, to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Belk Bowl, where they lost to Wake Forest. This season was the first time since 2009 that Texas A&M was not ranked in the AP Poll during the regular season.

On November 26, 2017, Texas A&M fired head coach Kevin Sumlin.[1] He finished at Texas A&M with a six-year record of 51–26. Interim head coach Jeff Banks led the Aggies in the Belk Bowl. On December 2, 2017, A&M hired Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher as Sumlin's replacement.[2]

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

The Aggies signed a total of 23 recruits.

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[3] Erik McCoy C JR
Chuck Bednarik Award[4] Kingsley Keke DT SR
Tyrel Dodson LB JR
Maxwell Award[5] Trayveon Williams RB JR
Doak Walker Award[6] Trayveon Williams RB JR
John Mackey Award[7] Jace Sternberger TE JR
Butkus Award[8] Otaro Alaka LB SR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[9] Tyrel Dodson LB JR
Landis Durham DE SR
Lou Groza Award[10] Daniel LaCamera K SR
Wuerffel Trophy[11] Riley Garner LB SR
Ted Hendricks Award[12] Landis Durham DE SR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[13] Trayveon Williams RB JR

SEC media poll[edit]

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018, with the Aggies predicted to finish in fourth place in the West Division.[14]

Media poll (West)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Alabama 1,971 (263)
2 Auburn 1,664 (19)
3 Mississippi State 1,239 (2)
4 Texas A&M 1,091
5 LSU 1,025
6 Ole Miss 578
7 Arkansas 412

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

The Aggies had five players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:30 p.m.Northwestern State*SECNW 59–795,855
September 86:00 p.m.No. 2 Clemson*
ESPNL 26–28104,794
September 156:30 p.m.Louisiana–Monroe*
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNW 48–1096,727
September 222:30 p.m.at No. 1 AlabamaNo. 22CBSL 23–45101,821
September 2911:00 a.m.vs. ArkansasESPNW 24–1755,383
October 66:00 p.m.No. 13 Kentucky
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPNW 20–14 OT99,829
October 132:30 p.m.at South CarolinaNo. 22SECNW 26–2376,871
October 276:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 16ESPNL 13–2857,085
November 311:00 a.m.at AuburnNo. 25ESPNL 24–2885,945
November 1011:00 a.m.Ole Miss
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
CBSW 38–24102,618
November 176:00 p.m.UAB*
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPN2W 41–2097,584
November 246:30 p.m.No. 8 LSU
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX (rivalry)
SECNW 74–72 7OT101,501
December 316:30 p.m.vs. NC State*No. 21ESPNW 52–13 38,206
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[15]

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

2018 Texas A&M Aggies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WB 1 Quartney Davis Redshirt.svg So
WR 2 Jhamon Ausbon So
RB 3 Vernon Jackson Fr
QB 4 James Foster Fr
RB 5 Trayveon Williams Jr
WR 6 Roshauud Paul So
RB 7 Jashaun Corbin Fr
QB 8 Connor Blumrick Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 9 Hezekiah Jones So
WR 10 Jalen Preston Fr
QB 11 Kellen Mond So
FB 12 Cullen Gillaspia Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 13 Kendrick Rogers Redshirt.svg So
WR 14 Camron Buckley So
WR 15 Aaron Hansford So
WR 16 Klyde Chriss So
QB 17 Nick Starkel Redshirt.svg So
QB 18 Bo Schneider Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 19 Colton Taylor So
WR 20 Reese Mason Fr
RB 21 Deneric Prince Fr
RB 22 Kwame Etwi Sr
RB 23 Jacob Kibodi So
QB 24 Jagger LaRoe Fr
RB 25 Cordarrian Richardson So
RB 26 Charles Strong Jr. Fr
RB 27 John Clark So
RB 28 AJ Sanders So
WR 29 Kurtis Bradicich Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 30 Andrew Boykin Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 30 Cade Williams Fr
RB 31 Marquez Johnson So
TE 31 Gannon Rawlins So
WR 32 Hunter Smith So
FB 35 Javonte Kemp Fr
WR 42 Ke'undre Azakytu So
TE 46 Ryan Renick So
TE 47 Jacob Groff Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 49 Ben Miles Fr
OL 51 Riley Anderson Redshirt.svg So
OL 54 Carson Green So
OL 59 Miles Fowkes Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 60 Barton Clement Fr
OL 63 Cagan Baldree So
OL 64 Erik McCoy Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 65 Dan Moore, Jr. So
OL 67 Galen Gallagher Fr
OL 68 Justin Dworaczyk Jr
OL 70 Connor Lanfear Sr
OL 71 Grayson Reed Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Colten Blanton Fr
OL 73 Jared Hocker So
OL 74 Kellen Diesch Redshirt.svg So
OL 75 Luke Matthews Fr
OL 76 Colton Prater Jr
OL 77 Ryan McCollum Redshirt.svg So
OL 78 Keaton Sutherland Sr
OL 79 Marcus Jenkins Fr
TE 80 Trevor Wood Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 81 Jace Sternberger Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 82 Caleb Chapman Fr
WR 83 Montel Parker Fr
TE 86 Glenn Beal Fr
TE 87 Greer Shetler Jr
WR 88 Keynel McZeal Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 89 Justin Mellenbruch Redshirt.svg Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Buddy Johnson So
DL 2 Michael Clemons Jr
DL 3 Tyree Johnson Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 4 Derrick Tucker So
DL 5 Bobby Brown, III Fr
DB 6 Donovan Wilson Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 7 Mohamed Diallo Jr
DL 8 Kingsley Keke Sr
DB 9 Leon O'Neal, Jr. Fr
DB 10 Myles Jones So
DB 11 Larry Pryor Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 13 Cade Prendergast Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 14 Keldrick Carper So
DL 15 Jeremiah Martin Fr
LB 16 Brian Johnson Fr
DB 17 Devin Morris Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 18 Antonio Howard Jr
LB 19 Anthony Hines, III So
DB 20 Ikenna Okeke So
DB 21 Charles Oliver Jr
DB 22 Clifford Chattman Redshirt.svg So
DB 23 Jordan Moore Fr
DB 24 Alex Zettler Fr
LB 25 Tyrel Dodson Jr
DB 26 Deshawn Capers-Smith Sr
DB 27 Roney Elam Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 28 Travon Fuller Redshirt.svg So
DB 29 Debione Renfro So
DL 33 Ondario Robinson Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 34 Daylon Mack Sr
LB 35 Riley Garner Sr
DL 37 Mitchell Howard Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 40 Tyree Wilson Fr
LB 42 Otaro Alaka Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 46 Landis Durham Sr
DL 52 Justin Madubuike So
LB 53 John Locke So
LB 55 Kiante McCoy Fr
LB 56 Keeath Magee, II So
LB 57 Drew Boroughs Jr
LB 58 Braden White Redshirt.svg So
DB 84 Moses Reynolds Redshirt.svg So
DL 85 Camron Horry Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 90 TD Moton
DL 91 Mark Mabry So
DL 92 Jayden Peevy So
DL 93 Max Wright Fr
DL 94 Landry Estes Sr
DL 99 Josh Rogers Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 34 Braden Mann Jr
PK 36 Daniel LaCamera Sr
PK 38 Drew Riethman So
DS 39 Jake Pagel Redshirt.svg Fr
DS 40 Connor Choate So
DS 45 Austin Frey Sr
PK 47 Seth Small Fr
DS 48 Colton Bergt Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 3, 2018

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Season at
Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher Head coach 1st
Darrell Dickey Offensive coordinator and Quarterbacks coach 1st
Tim Brewster Tight ends coach 1st
Dameyune Craig Wide receivers coach 1st
Jay Graham Running backs coach 1st
Jim Turner Offensive line coach 7th
Mike Elko Defensive coordinator and safeties coach 1st
Maurice Linguist Cornerbacks coach 1st
Terry Price Defensive ends coach 7th
Elijah Robinson Interior defensive line coach 1st
Bradley Dale Peveto Special teams coordinator and linebackers coach 1st
Jerry Schmidt Director of athletic performance 1st
Reference:[16]

Game summaries[edit]

Northwestern State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Week One: Northwestern State Demons at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Demons 0 0 077
Aggies 7 28 17759

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: August 30
  • Game time: 7:36 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 93 °F (34 °C) • Weather: partly cloudy • Wind: E/SE 6 MPH
  • Game attendance: 95,855
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (sidelines)
  • Source:[1]
Game information

Middle linebacker Otaro Alaka was ejected in the 1st quarter due to targeting.[17] Safety Donovan Wilson was ejected in the 2nd quarter, also for targeting.[18]

Clemson[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2005 CLEM, 25–24
Week Two: No. 2 Clemson Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 2 Tigers 7 7 14028
Aggies 3 0 101326

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: September 8
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Weather: rain in the area • Wind: W 6 MPH
  • Game attendance: 104,794
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Rece Davis (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Maria Taylor (sidelines)
  • Source: [2]
Game information

Louisiana–Monroe[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2014 TAMU, 21–16
Week Three: Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Warhawks 3 7 0010
Aggies 7 17 101448

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: September 15
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (sidelines)
Game information

at No. 1 Alabama[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–8 2017 ALA, 27–12
Week Four: No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 22 Aggies 7 6 3723
No. 1 Crimson Tide 14 17 14045

at Bryant–Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

Game information

vs Arkansas[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
30–41–3 2017 TAMU, 50–43
Week Five: Arkansas Razorbacks vs Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Razorbacks 0 7 3717
Aggies 14 3 0724

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Game information

Kentucky[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1953 TAMU, 7–6
Week Six: No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
No. 13 Wildcats 7 0 07014
Aggies 0 7 07620

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

Game information

at South Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2017 TAMU, 24–17
Week Seven: No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 22 Aggies 3 10 31026
Gamecocks 0 0 16723

at Williams–Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. CDT
  • TV: SECN
Game information

at Mississippi State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2017 MSU, 35–14
Week Nine: Texas A&M Aggies at Mississippi State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 16 Aggies 0 10 3013
Bulldogs 7 0 71428

at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 57,085
  • TV: ESPN
Game information

at Auburn[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2017 AUB, 42–27
Week Ten: Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 25 Aggies 3 14 7024
Tigers 7 7 01428

at Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 85,945
  • TV: ESPN
Game information

Ole Miss[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 2017 TAMU, 31–24
Week Eleven: Ole Miss Rebels at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rebels 0 14 7324
Aggies 7 7 71738

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • TV: CBS
Game information

UAB[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2009 TAMU, 56–19
Week Twelve: UAB Blazers at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Blazers 7 0 01320
Aggies 14 10 10741

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 97,584
  • TV: ESPN2
Game information

LSU[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–33–3 2017 LSU, 45–21
Week Thirteen: LSU Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34OT2OT3OT4OT5OT6OT7OTTotal
No. 8 Tigers 7 3 714378368672
Aggies 7 10 77378368874

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65 °F (18 °C) • Weather: clear skies • Wind: S 6 MPH
  • Game attendance: 101,501
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV: SECN
  • Source: [3]
Game information

With a final score of 74–72 or 146 combined points, the game became the highest-scoring game in NCAA FBS history.[19] The game was also the fifth 7-overtime game in NCAA FBS history.[20]

vs. NC State (Gator Bowl)[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Gator Bowl: NC State Wolfpack vs. Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Wolpack 3 10 0013
No. 21 Aggies 7 14 141752

at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL

  • Date: December 31, 2018
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 97,584
  • TV: ESPN
Game information

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV RV 22 RV RV 22 17 16 25 RV RV RV 22 21 16 
Coaches RV RV RV 22 RV RV 22 18 17 RV RV RV RV 22 20 16 
CFP Not released 20 NR NR 22 19 19 Not released

Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 48 Erik McCoy C New Orleans Saints
3 75 Jace Sternberger TE Green Bay Packers
5 150 Kingsley Keke DT Green Bay Packers
5 160 Daylon Mack DT Baltimore Ravens
5 182 Trayveon Williams RB Cincinnati Bengals
6 213 Donovan Wilson S Dallas Cowboys
7 220 Cullen Gillaspia RB Houston Texans

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21574091/texas-aggies-fire-coach-kevin-sumlin-six-seasons
  2. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21631488/jimbo-fisher-leaving-florida-state-accept-coaching-job-texas-am
  3. ^ "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Bednarik Award Watch List - Maxwell Football Club". Maxwell Football Club. 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
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  10. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
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  13. ^ "2018 Nominations The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award" (PDF). August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  14. ^ http://www.secsports.com/article/24148392/media-predicts-alabama-win-2018-sec-championship
  15. ^ "2018 Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  16. ^ 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 2
  17. ^ "First SEC ejection of 2018 college football season comes during Texas A&M opener". Saturday Down South. August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Khan, Jr., Sam (August 30, 2018). "Texas A&M has lost two defensive starters to targeting calls in the first half vs. Northwestern State". ESPN. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  19. ^ Lyles Jr., Harry (November 25, 2018). "Texas A&M just beat LSU in one of football's craziest games ever". SB Nation. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  20. ^ https://www.brproud.com/sports/geaux-nation/lsu-comes-up-short-in-ncaa-s-highest-scoring-game-74-72/1616809392