Texas A&M football is not well-represented on the preseason All-SEC team; these are five players not getting the respect they deserve.
When the SEC held their media days back in July, it was around that time that the media voted on the preseason All-SEC teams. Texas A&M football had a few players make the list, which includes three teams of offense, defense, and special teams.
Among them were Trayveon Williams, the only Aggie to make the top two teams, falling in as one of the running backs on the second team, center Erik McCoy, defensive tackle Kingsley Keke and defensive end Landis Durham.
This makes sense. These were four of the top players on the team in 2017.
I could go on for days how absurd it is that Tyrel Dodson did not make any of the three teams listed. He was the Aggies’ best defensive player last season. He was fourth in the SEC in tackles with 104, and one of the guys ahead of him is in the NFL now. He led all linebackers in the SEC with eight passes defended and was second in interceptions with three.
He was majorly disrespected by the media who voted on these teams.
However, he’s earned some respect from other outlets. Dodson is on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Trophy, both of which are given to the nation’s top defensive player. These outlets recognize his greatness, but the media doesn’t think he’s in the top nine linebackers in the SEC? Laughable.
The rest of these guys are going to be very important players for the Aggies in 2018, but aren’t necessarily getting all the hype someone like Dodson is (from those outside the media who actually know what they’re doing).
Here are five Texas A&M football players not getting the respect they deserve.