The Texas A&M football team has had a hectic season thus far, losing two straight before knocking off a top-ranked Alabama team. The Aggies now find themselves moving onto South Carolina before a well-earned bye week.
At 5-2, the Aggies are close to bowl eligibility thanks to strong yearly performances from a few players. The best part? It’s not on one side of the ball — even though Texas A&M has had its offensive struggles, the team’s offense and defense have both had their moments.
Today, I’m going to go over every Texas A&M football player who was given a midseason All-American honor by The Athletic.
The Texas A&M football team was well-represented on The Athletic’s midseason All-American teams
The Aggies had two players selected as first-team midseason All-Americans and a third chosen to the second-team.
Kenyon Green (OL)
The first, and perhaps most obvious Texas A&M football player to earn a selection to The Athletic’s midseason All-American team is Kenyon Green, who earned first-team honors. It’s hard to write about offensive linemen in-depth, but Green has displayed that he can play all over the offensive line. Here’s what The Athletic said about the versatile Aggie lineman.
"The 2020 All-American is the only FBS offensive lineman to play at least 80 snaps at four different offensive line positions this season, according to PFF. He’s started — and excelled — at right tackle, right guard, left guard and left tackle."
The Aggies’ offensive line has been shaky due to injuries, but Green has given the unit a lot of stability throughout the year. Green was selected as a first-team midseason All-American.
DeMarvin Leal (DL)
The argument could be made that DeMarvin Leal is the Kenyon Green of the defensive line. The third-year Aggie defensive lineman is as versatile as they come, capable of playing virtually any position on the line at 6’4″ and nearly 300 pounds.
Leal currently has 5.5 sacks on the year and he’s just getting started. He hasn’t had an explosive game that has accounted for most of the sacks, either — he’s been steady and consistent, never going more than a single game without a sack this season. He has also recorded 8.5 tackles for loss.
DL was also selected as a first-team All-American.
Antonio Johnson (DB)
Antonio Johnson has been one of the most surprising players in the SEC. The Aggie safety came out of nowhere and sits at second on the team with 51 tackles. If there’s a play to be made, he’s making it.
With four pass deflections and an interception last week, Johnson represents the Aggies on the midseason second-team. As just a sophomore, we could see Johnson sneak into the first-team down the road.