Texas A&M Football: 3 standout players in Week 1 win vs. Kent State

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It wasn’t pretty for 60 minutes, but the Texas A&M Football team marched out of Kyle Field with a 1-0 record and a relatively convincing score to go along with it. Still, it was a hard-fought battle all the way through the third quarter before A&M separated itself.

And as things normally go with Week 1 games, Aggie coaches, players, and fans learned a lot about their team. Specifically, everybody got a greater idea of who the stars of this football team will be moving forward, leading me into the topic of the post.

I’m going to be discussing three standout players in Texas A&M’s Week 1 home win against the Kent State Golden Flashes.

Texas A&M Football Week 1 Standout, Honorable Mention: DL Shemar Turner

A few weeks ago, Shemar Turner’s role on this team early in the 2021 season seemed relatively nonexistent. Even though he was a 5-star prospect at the high school level and one of the best defensive linemen in his class, Turner didn’t enroll early and was behind a few talented players on the depth chart.

With the help of a pair of suspensions on the defensive line between McKinnley Jackson and Micheal Clemons, Turner found his way into the rotation quickly and made an immediate impact.

At the time that I’m writing this, the full defensive stats from the game haven’t officially been released, but Turner was a huge impact player on defense. His first career sack was a big one, preventing Kent State from a chance at evening the score early in the game.

Beyond that, Turner made a handful of crucial tackles, even down the stretch. The freshman looked like a 5th-year senior out on the field and fit in immediately.