SEC Media Days start Monday in Hoover, Ala., and the league has released a list of the players who will be in attendance. Each school will have its coach and three players available to media members.
Texas A&M’s players will appear Wednesday, July 12. Wide receiver Christian Kirk, offensive tackle Koda Martin and safety Armani Watts will represent the Aggies.
Here’s some info on each player and what to expect from them in 2017.
WR Christian Kirk
Kirk led the SEC in receptions last season and recorded a career-best nine touchdowns, although he did finish with just under 1,000 yards. Still, many expect the junior to have the best year of his college career in 2017, especially as the most experienced returning player in the Aggies’ passing attack.
Kirk had a breakout true freshman season in 2015. The former five-star prospect ranked in the top five in the SEC player in each key receiving statistical category.
He has 16 TD catches and five punt-return TDs in his two seasons. He has averaged 23.1 yards on his 27 punt returns. And the average length of his 16 career TD receptions is 30.3 yards.
Kirk is expected to be among the top receiver prospects in next year’s NFL draft, as Kevin Sumlin already has said he doesn’t expect Kirk to return for his senior season.
OT Koda Martin
Martin is easily the least-known of the Aggies’ trio attending Media Days. In fact, he’s not even a guaranteed starter at offensive tackle.
Martin did manage to crack the starting lineup four times last season, including twice at left tackle (against South Carolina and New Mexico State) in the absence of an injured Jermaine Eluemunor. He also started once as a blocking tight end (against LSU) and once at right tackle (against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl).
The versatile offensive lineman also provided the Aggies with their pre-game speech before the team’s win against South Carolina, which should provide an early indication that he will be a good interview.
S Armani Watts
Watts, a senior, enters the 2017 season with lofty expectations. He is among the favorites to win SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, and he will be one of the top safeties in college football this season.
During his first three seasons, Watts has 241 tackles, six interceptions, 14 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is also pegged as a potential first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft.
Watts will provide veteran leadership to a defense that looks to replace several key contributors, including No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett and fellow safety Justin Evans.
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