2. Armani Watts
Although the defense gave up 45 points, there were still a couple of standout defensive performances statistically. And when a team moves the ball at will the way LSU did versus Texas A&M, it typically coincides with a big game statistically from the losing team’s safety.
This was the case for Armani Watts in Week 13. LSU’s offense gave A&M all sorts of problems. They were constantly gashing Texas A&M for big chunks of yardage throughout the night. Run or pass, it didn’t matter. Because of this Watts was able to rack up a ton of tackles. The rest of the defense may not have helped him out a whole lot, but at least Watts was able to pad his stats.
Armani Watts accounted for 11 total tackles, half a tackle for loss, a pass deflection, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. For most safeties around the country that would probably be a career best, but not for Watts. These kinds of performances are what we’ve come to expect out of the stud senior.
With Watts scheduled to head to the NFL after this season, Texas A&M will be looking to replace its defensive captain and leader. They have an extremely promising young group of guys on that side of the ball, including this week’s final helmet sticker recipient.