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.
Over 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. 24: Trayveon Williams, RB
An all-purpose back from the 2016 recruiting class, Williams and enrolled early at Texas A&M as a 4-star prospect from C.E. King High School (Houston). His playing style might remind observers of another Williams who suited up for the Aggies: running back Trey Williams, who played in College Station from 2012-14.
At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds (Trey Williams measured in at 5-foot-8, 195), Aggies fans shouldn’t expect Trayveon Williams to be an every down back, nor have any members of the coaching staff indicated that would be the plan. However, as a change of pace or third-down option, he has the quick step and elusiveness to turn the game on its side.
The competition for carries should be fierce. Tra Carson left for the NFL last season, opening a hole at the top of the Texas A&M running back depth chart. Nine running backs are listed on the current roster for A&M, and that’s without the impending addition of 2016 signee Rakeem Boyd. Keith Ford will likely get the starting nod at running back if healthy, with James White and Kwami Etwi working themselves into the mix. Still, Williams has made an early impression on the staff with his work ethic.
Williams made his debut with the Aggies in March’s Spring Game held at Kyle Field, tying a team-high with four receptions. He added 10 carries for 27 yards, including a fumble which the offense recovered. So it’s fair to say that Williams still has a few holes in his game, including the need to adjust to college game speed. That comes with experience. His ability to breeze by defenders and burst into the second level of the defense cannot be taught, however, and that’s why Williams finds himself at No. 24 in these rankings.
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No. 25: Shane Tripucka
No. 24: Trayveon Williams
Up next: A sophomore safety