A&M starting defensive tackle Kirby Ennis suffered a season-ending injury in the Aggies’ win over Arkansas in Week 5. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin announced today that the redshirt senior tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the September 28th game. Ennis left the field with the injury; however, he later returned and played, wearing a brace.
Unfortunately, Ennis has played in too many games this season to be considered for a medical redshirt that could have given him an additional year of eligibility. Therefore, his career at Texas A&M is likely over.
Ennis is a 6’4,” 310 lb. player who had played in four games this season for the Aggies, sitting out the first game due to a suspension. Thus far this season, he had only registered 6 total tackles, but had been a force in the middle of the Aggie defense.
Last year he played in all 13 of the Aggies’ games, starting 11 of those. In that 2012 season, he recorded a career-high 23 tackles, 7 solo and 16 assisted, and two tackles for loss. He had a career-best four solo stops against then-No. 1 ranked Alabama. Ennis has appeared in more than 40 games in his Aggie career, including the games this season.
Without Ennis A&M’s defense could be a little shaky. It is already giving up 215 yards per game on the ground—the worst in the SEC. A&M still has Auburn, Missouri, and LSU left to play—all three of whom are in the top 45 in FBS rushing.
Coach Sumlin noted that Ennis’ spot would be filled by true freshman Isaiah Golden.