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Each week throughout the season, GigEmNation will take a look at the Aggies players that are on award watch lists and how they fare. Here's a glance at each of the players have accomplished heading into Texas A&M's season opener vs. Florida.
CB Dustin Harris, Sr.: Hornung
Harris, who plays corner but also is a return specialist, led the nation last year with a punt return average of 18.6 yards per return. He'll serve on punt return duty again this fall.
RB Christine Michael, Sr: Maxwell, Doak Walker
Michael is coming off a junior year that was cut short by injury. He played in nine games before suffering a knee injury that kept him out the rest of the year, but compiled 899 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 149 carries.
DE Damontre Moore, Jr.: Hendricks
Moore, who played outside linebacker last year but shifts to defensive end as the Aggies move to a 4-3 alignment, had 8.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 tackles for loss, ranking in the top 25 nationally in both categories last year.
WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, Sr.: Biletnikoff
Nwachukwu comes into the season with 126 catches for 1,754 yards and 12 touchdowns in his three-year career. He has a streak of at least one catch in 35 straight games.
LB Sean Porter, Sr.: Bednarik, Butkus
Porter led the Big 12 with 9.5 sacks and also had 79 tackles and 17 tackles for loss as a junior with the Aggies. He has started in 27 consecutive games coming into this season.
WR Ryan Swope, Sr.: Biletnikoff
Last season Swope set school records for receptions (89) and receiving yards (1,207) and was a second-team All-Big 12 pick. He enters the year with 180 career receptions, second in school history behind Jeff Fuller (233) and third in school history in career receiving yards (2,204).
11hSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
2dEdward Aschoff and Greg Ostendorf