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The Texas A&M Top 10: Week 5

10/1/2012

Each week this season, GigEmNation will rank Texas A&M's top 10 performers of the season up to this point. After three games, here's look at who has shined so far:

1. QB Johnny Manziel

The redshirt freshman quarterback had his best performance of the season on Saturday, completing 29-of-38 passes for 453 yards and three touchdowns while adding 104 rushing yards and a score. His passing yardage total was a Texas A&M record, as was his total offense mark (557). Not only that, he broke an SEC record for total offense previously held by Archie Manning and Rohan Davey. Manziel is averaging 365 yards of offense per game (273.5 passing, 91.5 rushing).

2. DE Damontre Moore

For the first time this season, Moore did not record a sack in a game. Still, he had an impact, recording 2.5 tackles for loss and forcing a fumble of Arkansas running back Knile Davis on an effort play. For the year, Moore has a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss, good for third in the nation.

3. LT Luke Joeckel

While Manziel is making play after play in the passing game, Joeckel has been a big reason why the quarterback has had the time and found the space to run. Joeckel was impressive on Saturday, driving an Arkansas defender back more than 10 yards on Manziel's 52-yard run in the first half and on Manziel's 6-yard touchdown run in the second half, Joeckel fended off Arkansas defensive end Austin Flynn for six solid seconds as Manziel circled around the pocket before running in for the score.

4. RT Jake Matthews

Like Joeckel and his teammates along the offensive line, the junior tackle was stellar on Saturday, holding off defenders and opening lanes in the running game as well. Matthews earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance.

5. WR Mike Evans

Evans led the team in receptions on Saturday, hauling in six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. For the season, the redshirt freshman has a team-high 24 receptions for 307 yards.

6. LB Steven Jenkins

The junior had seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble in the win over Arkansas. He has been a force from his outside linebacker position.

7. LB Sean Porter

Porter looked energized on Saturday, making plays all over the field. The senior finished with six tackles and a tackle for loss and has 19 tackles for the season.

8. C Patrick Lewis

Lewis appears to get better by the game. The senior is doing a good job of helping the Aggies dictate tempo on offense and the offensive front not only protected Johnny Manziel well but opened up lanes in the running game for the backs and Manziel.

9. DB Toney Hurd

Hurd is coming on strong as of late. The junior is versatile, having spent time both at nickel corner and at safety. On Saturday, he started at safety and finished the game with a team-high 12 tackles and a tackle for loss. For the year, he's third on the team in tackles (25) despite not playing a ton in the first game of the year against Florida.

10. WR Ryan Swope

The senior finally had the big game that many were expecting to see from him, catching five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. His second-quarter 80-yard touchdown catch really helped the Aggies gain momentum before the half and he's second on the team with 17 catches for 236 yards.