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

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Kingsley Keke

Mike Elko couldn’t ask to be taking over a much better situation than he is inheriting with the Aggies, especially along the front seven. Along with Wilson’s return, Kingsley Keke announced he would return for his senior season back in January, giving A&M their leading tackler among defensive tackles.

Keke has proven to be much better than his 3-star rating from the 2015 recruiting class. He earned a spot in the rotation as a sophomore in 2016 and racked up 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and five sacks in the last two seasons. Also, like the picture shows, he has a knack for batting the ball at the line of scrimmage, doing so six times in the last two years.

The Aggies will have to rely on their defense to make significant improvements in 2018 if they have any hopes of national title contention. They were never a great, consistent defense under Sumlin despite collecting excellent players in recruiting, and some that were drafted by NFL teams.

Keke and the front seven, which returns basically everyone and can replace those who were lost, will be a major factor in the defense’s success this season.