Christian Kirk had plenty of attention coming out of high school when he arrived in College Station. The top-25 prospect according to 247Sports was destined to make an immediate impact.
Maybe no one saw the freshman wide receiver making as much of an impact as he did. Now even more is expected from him his sophomore year. And with questions at quarterback, Texas A&M will have to find a new way to get him the ball.
That is perhaps why Chase Goodbread of NFL.com lists Kirk as one of the five most versatile players in the nation heading into this season:
“The Aggies’ explosive wide receiver took the SEC by storm last year, vaulting himself to the top of one of the nation’s deepest and most talented receiving corps,” Goodbeard wrote. “Along with breaking the 1,000-yard mark as a receiver, Kirk took 11 carries out of the backfield and, as a punt returner, averaged a whopping 24.4 yards with two touchdowns. Also the team’s leading kickoff returner, Kirk’s ability in the open field demands as many touches as TAMU coach Kevin Sumlin can get him.”
Kirk came in at No. 5 on Goodbread’s list, trailing only Houston’s Greg Ward, USC’s Adoree’ Jackson, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers.
Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 54 yards and averaged 24.2 yards per punt return with two touchdowns. It was an absolutely stellar freshman year.
Kevin Sumlin will have to get him the ball as much as possible to ease the pressure off the quarterbacks and continue to grow his team. Luckily, Kirk should have plenty of ways to get him going.
Jeremy Liggins of Ole Miss also made the top-16 list.
Liggins has spent his college years playing a number of different positions. He has played tight end and short-yardage quarterback. He could be making the shift to offensive line this year.
But Liggins’ versatility throughout the offense makes him really intriguing.