Texas A&M Football: 10 best Aggie players entering the 2018 season

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Erik McCoy

If there is one group or unit on this Texas A&M Aggies team that has question marks heading into 2018, it’s the offensive line. You can make a case that every other unit on the team is solid, but 2017 was not a banner year for the Aggies in this department. Kevin Sumlin started nine different players along the line last year, they never figured things out and made it difficult for Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel.

However, Erik McCoy was never the problem. This is McCoy’s third season as the starting center and he started all 13 games in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in his first ever start against UCLA in 2016. When he still had some talent around him, the offensive line was dominant. They averaged 211 yards per game on the ground in 2016.

That number dipped all the way to 155 yards per game in 2017. With most of the offensive line returning, and some young, highly touted recruits coming in to step up the competition, the experience and another year with Jim Turner should turn this unit around in 2018.

McCoy was named to the Rimington Award watch list, which is given to the nation’s top center every year. That says it all right there.