- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Each week this season, GigEmNation will rank Texas A&M's top 10 performers of the season up to this point. After five games this season, including the most recent win over Louisiana Tech, here's a glance at who has shined so far:
1. QB Johnny Manziel
The redshirt freshman bounced back from his three-turnover performance against Mississippi in a huge way, setting another total yardage record in the 59-57 win over Louisiana Tech. Manziel compiled 576 total offensive yards (395 passing, 181 rushing) and accounting for six touchdowns. The yardage total broke the Texas A&M and SEC record he already set against Arkansas and he earned Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. He's the nation's top freshman in points responsible for, total offense, passing efficiency, passing yards and rushing and if he performs well against LSU, you could start hearing Heisman Trophy hype begin to gain steam with his name attached.
2. DE Damontre Moore
The junior continues to excel this season and now leads the Aggies in tackles (52), tackles for loss (15) and sacks (8.5). His sack total already matches the number he produced all last season. Against Louisiana Tech, Moore had a team-high 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and blocked an extra point that resulted in two points for the Aggies, as cornerback Dustin Harris picked it up and returned it the distance.
3. LT Luke Joeckel
The junior had some moments when he was given all he could handle by Louisiana Tech right ends IK Enemkpali and Kevin Kisseberth, but there were also moments (like Mike Evans' 75-yard touchdown catch from Manziel) in which Joeckel was stellar. Overall, he has still been one of the Aggies' top players this season.
4. RT Jake Matthews
Matthews, too, had ups and a few downs on Saturday. Louisiana Tech defensive end Andre Taylor won a battle against Matthews when the Aggies were backed up near their own end zone on a play where he pressured Manziel, who threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. But there were plenty of times when Matthews got the job done also, which he has done throughout the year.
5. WR Mike Evans
It appears that when the Aggies need a big play in the passing game, they look to Evans, and he has delivered. His 75-yard first-half touchdown catch was the team's longest pass play of the day and he again led the team in receiving yards with 137 on four receptions. For the year, he leads the team with 36 catches for 549 yards and two touchdowns.
6. LB Steven Jenkins
The junior did not play against Louisiana Tech while serving a suspension instituted by Kevin Sumlin. He's fifth on the team in tackles (29) and tied for second in tackles for loss (3.5) with Donnie Baggs, who filled in for him on Saturday.
7. DT Spencer Nealy
Nealy finished with six tackles in the win on Saturday and made some quality tackles in the running game. He left briefly with an injury but returned for the final minutes. He has 22 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks this season.
8. DB Toney Hurd
Hurd had seven tackles in the win over Louisiana Tech and is third on the team with 38 stops. He also has three tackles for loss an interception and a pass breakup.
9. LB Jonathan Stewart
Steward had five tackles and a pass breakup in the win over the Bulldogs. For the year he is second on the team with 43 tackles and also has a half-sack and three pass breakups.
10. LB Sean Porter
Porter had six tackles, a half-tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in the win. For the year, Porter has 33 tackles (fourth on the team) with two tackles for loss, a half sack, a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
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