Monday, November 5, 2012
The Texas A&M 10: Week 10
By Sam Khan Jr.
Each week this season, GigEmNation will rank Texas A&M's top 10 performers of the season up to this point. After nine games this season, including Saturday's win over Mississippi State, here's a glance at who has shined so far:
1. DE Damontre Moore The junior added another sack to his season total, giving him 11.5 for the year, putting him in a three-way tie for the national lead. He continues to lead the country in tackles for loss (19) and is still the team leader in tackles (69) after four on Saturday. Moore also showed his athleticism on Saturday, chasing down Mississippi State receiver Chris Smith from behind on a 42-yard reception.
Junior left tackle Luke Joeckel has been stellar protecting QB Johnny Manziel's blindside.
2. QB Johnny Manziel
The redshirt freshman was 30-of-36 passing for 311 yards and ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He's closing in on 1,000 rushing yards (he has 922 currently) to go with his 2,527 passing yards and he has accounted for 31 touchdowns (16 passing, 15 rushing). He still leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns as well as total offense.
3. LT Luke Joeckel
Once again Manziel was kept mostly clean (one sack) and the running game was dominant (361 yards). The junior Joeckel performed admirably from his left tackle position in pass protection and the run game.
4. RT Jake Matthews
On the right side of the line, Matthews controlled anyone who lined up opposite his right tackle spot. The junior was strong in all facets as the Aggies were stellar offensively.
5. WR Mike Evans Evans continues to battle a right hamstring injury but again fought through it to catch nine passes for 97 yards. For the season, Evans is up to 56 catches for 802 yards and two touchdowns.
6. WR Ryan Swope
Swope appears to be on a roll of late. He had a big game for the third straight week, this time catching nine passes for 121 yards in the win over Mississippi State. The senior is second on the team with 45 catches for 641 yards and five touchdowns. Swope was also terrific in the running game as a downfield blocker.
7. LB Steven Jenkins
Jenkins continued what has been a strong season, recording eight tackles (tied for the team high), a half-tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. For the year he is third on the squad with 52 tackles and is second on the squad with five tackles for loss.
8. LB Sean Porter
Porter had four tackles, a half-tackle for loss and two pass breakups in the win over the Bulldogs. He is fourth on the team with 47 tackles this season, third in tackles for loss (4.5) and second in sacks (2.5).
9. C Patrick Lewis
The senior continues to do a good job of run blocking and pass blocking in the middle of the offensive front as well as leading the front five, helping dictate tempo and call protections, something the unit has done well this year.
10. RB Ben Malena
Malena continues to contribute in several facets. He ran for more than 100 yards again (112 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries), caught two passes for 23 yards and made a special-teams tackle on the coverage team.