Editor’s note: It’s a make-or-break year for Kevin Sumlin in his fifth season as coach of Texas A&M. His staff is loaded with experience and the roster is arguably the most talented it has been since his arrival in 2012.
During the next few weeks, SEC Country takes a look at the 25 most important Aggies who will determine whether Texas A&M is destined for success or doomed for failure in 2016.
No. 14: Kingsley Keke, DT
The owner of 19 college offers, 3-star prospect Kingsley Keke was believed to be a heavy University of Texas lean before choosing Texas A&M and becoming part of the Aggies’ 2015 recruiting class.
Keke saw action in every game as a freshman, recording 8 tackles with all but one coming in conference play. Kek and fellow tackle Daylon Mack gained experience working from the defensive interior.
This season, that experience will be crucial as Keke and Mack join Zaycoven Henderson in what will be at least a three-man rotation at defensive tackle.
One of Keke’s best assets on the field is his physical play style. Listed as 319 pounds, the 6-foot-3 tackle moves with the agility of a smaller skill player, using his size to burst through the line before hunting down the ball carrier.
With depth still lacking at the position, staying healthy will be just as important as being productive on the field. The unit was known for giving up big plays last season, particularly against the run, and any injuries on the inside will impact any progress made this offseason.
Check out previous entries from this series below, and be sure to bookmark SEC Country’s Texas A&M Facebook page and return daily to see the newest names on the list.
No. 25: Shane Tripucka
No. 24: Trayveon Williams
No. 23: Justin Dunning
No. 22: Priest Willis
No. 21: Claude George
No. 20: Nick Harvey
No. 19: James White
No. 18: Zaycoven Henderson
No. 17: Avery Gennesy
No. 16: Richard Moore
No. 15: Speedy Noil
Up next: a linebacker back to full health