We’re not officially into summer yet, but for a football fan, these still are the dog days. There are more than 100 days left until the first real weekend of the 2016 college football season, and while it’s fun to look at schedules and projected stats leaders at certain positions and even the 2017 NFL draft, this harsh fact remains: We’re more than 100 days from the real start of the season.
To help pass the time, GN has asked its correspondents to pick the three best players for the 2016 season on the team they cover.
Here is Cav Neutze’s list of Texas A&M’s top three players.
3. S Armani Watts
Particulars: 5 feet 11, 200 pounds, junior
The skinny: After showing flashes as a freshman, Watts firmly established himself as one of the Aggies’ most important players last season. He was second in the league with 126 tackles and added four interceptions and two forced fumbles. His true strength is his range, and that mobility translated to all those tackles last season. With continued uncertainty at linebacker, Watts is an invaluable piece in A&M’s defensive puzzle in 2016.
2. WR Christian Kirk
Particulars: 5-11, 200, sophomore
The skinny: There were high expectations for Kirk coming into his freshman year, but few expected to see such a dominant season. From his first game, where he punished Arizona State for 106 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown and a 79-yard punt return for another score, Kirk was in the national spotlight. He finished the year with 1,009 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns. Kirk has the ability and work ethic to make himself an all-timer at Texas A&M, especially if his talents can mesh with consistent play at quarterback.
1. DE Myles Garrett
Particulars: 6-5, 262, junior
The skinny: A coach’s dream and an opponent’s worst nightmare, Garrett is the force that drives A&M’s defense. His freak athleticism allows Garrett to get to the quarterback (24 career sacks) and create the big play (33.5 career tackles for loss), and could make him the first player in A&M history to be selected first overall in the NFL draft. With another season under coordinator John Chavis’ watchful eye, there looks to be no limit to what Garrett can accomplish. He has said his goal is to be the defensive player of the year, and nobody would be surprised to see him win the award.
(You can follow Cavender Neutze on Twitter @neutz9)
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