Texas A&M football: 30 greatest players of all-time

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /
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Quentin Coryatt
Quentin, Coryatt. (Photo by Thomas James Hurst/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) /

Stats – 184 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries

Accolades – Second-Team All-American in 1991, First-Team All-SWC in 1991, Southwest Conference Player of the Year in 1991, Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame, Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame

Team signature moment – Won the Southwest Conference Championship in 1991

Quentin Coryatt was another great linebacker from a school that was known as Linebacker U for the 1980s and 1990s, and was easily one of the best of them even though he only spent two seasons playing for the Aggies.

He was arguably the most intimidating player in school history, most known for his spectacular and gnarly hit of TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Kyle McPherson, which broke his jaw in three places and broke a rib.

The Wrecking Crew defense was known for its punishing play and Coryatt was the engine of this.

Coryatt became one of the highest draft picks in Texas A&M history when the Indianapolis Colts took him No. 2 overall in the 1992 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he would go on to be known as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, but not for lack of skill.

He had six decent years with the Colts before tearing both his left and right pectoral muscles and later his Achilles. Coryatt would be released by the Colts before the 1998 season. He tried to come back with the Cowboys in 1999, but couldn’t overcome his injuries and retired later that season.

Even if he didn’t live up to being the No. 2 overall pick, he likely would have had a long career in the league were it not for these injuries. Being known as a bust is mostly unfair.