The Texas A&M football team’s postseason awards are piling up

Tyreek Chappell, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Tyreek Chappell, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M football team finished at 8-4 but had one of the most talented rosters in all of College Football. Despite the fact that the Aggies were never able to put it all together at the right time, there were a plethora of strong individual seasons from Aggie football players.

As a result, a handful of Jimbo Fisher’s guys are in the running for national awards.

A&M also had a handful of players selected to All-SEC teams this year. Actually, “handful” isn’t the right expression — there were 14 All-SEC selections from the Texas A&M football team, according to PFF. Here’s the list.

A few of the Texas A&M football team’s All-SEC selections are in the running for yearly individual awards

First of all, 14 All-SEC selections is a lot. Granted, six of them are technically “honorable mentions” but still — a high number for a team that fell short of its yearly goals. If anything, this is a sign that the future is bright in College Station.

But the yearly awards didn’t stop pouring in there.

In fact, Texas A&M still has a handful of players who are looking to be recognized as the best at their position in the nation. Even off-field awards like the SEC Community Service Team, which saw Keldrick Carper honored, was represented by the Aggies. Carper helped put together Black Leaders who Undertake Excellence or B.L.U.E.print.

Another honor that could be headed to a football player in Aggieland is the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award. As things stand, Tyreek Chappell is a semifinalist for the award after being a key part of one of the best secondaries in the nation. The Aggie freshman had an interception, 9 pass deflections, and 41 total tackles in his debut season.

Defensively, however, this isn’t even the highest honor that an Aggie player is in the running for.

A pair of Texas A&M defenders are close to winning the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in college football. Those players are Tyree Johnson and DeMarvin Leal, who were wreaking havoc on opposing backfields all year long. The two defensive linemen combined for 21.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks on the year, allowing them to be finalists for the award.

You can try to find a better duo than that — you won’t.

Realistically, this award will probably go to Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, but neither of these players can form as strong of a duo as the Aggies have. Even if A&M can’t match their individual accomplishments, they had a stronger defensive line all season long.

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These will be awards to keep an eye on as the year progresses.