After losing many receivers to the NFL, Texas A&M football starts fresh at the position in 2017. Is Christian Kirk the only reliable option for the Aggies?
Three of the top four receivers for Texas A&M last season are now in the NFL, but there is certainly not a lack of talent left behind. Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Speedy Noil will be tough to replace, but the future for the Aggies looks extremely bright.
A few new names will be called for receiving touchdowns this season, but the name Christian Kirk will not be an unfamiliar sound to the 12th Man. Kirk is the poster boy for the Texas A&M offense this season. He will be expected to put up big numbers once again. He was recently named a 2017 preseason All-American, and will be the mentor for the rest of the young receiving core. The only other receiver with previous game experience is senior Damion Ratley. Ratley was not a major contributor the last two seasons, but has enough talent to be a starter this year.
After Kirk and Ratley, the Aggies are loaded with freshmen that were former four-star recruits. They all differ in size, speed, and other natural abilities, which opens up countless opportunities for the offense. As of now, it is unclear who will get a large load of the playing time besides Kirk. In the future this group could be extremely special, but for now they must make the adjustment to the SEC.
Who joins Christian Kirk on the first team and which other names will make an impact on the field in 2017?