Texas A&M Players to Watch
LB, Shaan Washington
The Senior leader of Aggie linebacker corps, Washington has been critical to Texas A&M’s improved rushing defense. Washington has 6.5 tackles for a loss on the season, two forced fumbles, and five passes deflected. If the Crimson Tide are going to get to the second level of the Aggie defense they’ll have to go through Shaan Washington.
DE, Daeshon Hall
Kevin Sumlin doesn’t talk about injuries, so the there has been no official word on the status of All-American DE Myles Garrett for Saturday’s showdown.
In Garrett’s absence, Hall registered two sacks at South Carolina and was disruptive in the backfield last week with Garrett playing limited snaps. If Garrett is still hampered by his ankle injury it will fall on Hall to pressure Jalen Hurts, who struggles under pressure.
WR Josh Reynolds
Coming into Saturday’s game, Reynolds ranks third all time among Aggie wide outs in receiving touchdowns with 22 touchdown receptions, needing just two more to tie Ryan Swope (24). Reynolds has been somewhat under-utilized in 2016.
In six games, he is averaging just 4.17 catches per game, yet when he does touch the ball, big plays happen. Reynolds is averaging a career best 19.5 yards per catch this year with a 92 yard touchdown reception against Arkansas in Arlington. He’s Knight’s go-to downfield threat.