In front of the microphones, every player will tell you that it’s all about team accomplishments and accolades. Still, the individual honors are pretty nice.
While the Texas A&M players below certainly have a team-first mentality, their play could land them a number of individual recognition, including a spot on the 2016 All-SEC team.
Here are five Aggies whose play can earn them that notable distinction:
Donovan Wilson, DB
Working from the nickel, the junior is simply too good to keep off the field. In 2015, he led the team in interceptions with five while forcing three fumbles and recording a couple sacks for good measure. Wilson has big play ability on defense, and big plays are remembered. He also tallied 63 tackles in 2015, showing a knack for being near the action play after play.
Christian Kirk, WR
Kirk has the best chance to crack the list among the names mentioned here thanks to his versatility. The sophomore is not only one of the elite receiving talents in the country, but is a threat to find the end zone on kick and punt returns as well. A&M is loaded at wide receiver, which will spread out opposing secondaries and allow Kirk to find holes in the defense.
Myles Garrett, DE
An All-SEC selection could be one of the many honors and awards bestowed to Garrett in his junior year. The 6-foot-5 sack machine commands double and, at times, triple-teams while firing off the end of the defensive line. With his 19.5 tackles for loss in 2015, Garrett pushed offenses back 101 total yards, and he could top those numbers this season if his consistent improvements keep current pace.
Trevor Knight, QB
As mentioned above, A&M is loaded at wide receiver. The receptions may be scattered among a big collection of talent, but they will all be coming from the same arm. Knight is an experienced veteran who has already shown promise with the Aggies during March’s spring game, doing enough to be named starter against UCLA in the season opener. If an inexperienced offensive line allows Knight a respectable amount of time in the pocket, the Aggies could flirt with double-digit wins this season.
Armani Watts, S
While consistently helping to plug holes up front, Watts finished as the team’s leading-tackler with 126 stops. A safety who strikes quickly and with power, the junior intercepted a pass and forced two fumbles for A&M in 2015. As depth improves at linebacker and development continues on the interior of the defensive line, Watts will have the chance to focus more on his own duties and less on correcting mistakes. His tackle total will almost certainly drop in 2016, but an improvement in pure pass defense should correlate. As a result, Watts will have an excellent chance at earning All-SEC team honors