Texas A&M Football: 5 questions Aggies must answer in 2018

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3. Is Jhamon Ausbon the next great Aggie wideout?

Jeff Fuller gave way to Ryan Swope. Swope ceded his position to Mike Evans. After Evans was Josh Reynolds. Then there was Christian Kirk. There were several solid receivers in that same window, but there was always at least one guy every who could take over a game with his hands.

Christian Kirk has departed for the NFL leaving behind a roster full of unproven, but talent wideouts. The role of the go-to receiver is wide open. It’s up to Ausbon to step into it and own the job.

Ausbon finished second on the team with 50 receptions last season. He averaged 11.4 yards per catch and was a consistent chain mover for the maroon and white. With Damion Ratley, Camron Buckey and Kirk beside him, he wasn’t asked to do much work down the field, but that’s something he showed he was capable of in high school. He and fellow Aggie Kellen Mond connected all over the field for highlight reel plays in their senior season as the IMG Academy.

The de-facto No. 1 entering 2018, Ausbon is going to have competition from his peers as well as the incoming freshman class. Whether or not he takes the next step could determine how productive the Texas A&M offense will be as a whole in 2018.