Monday, November 26, 2012
Texas A&M 10: Week 13 power rankings
By Sam Khan Jr.
Each week this season, GigEmNation ranks Texas A&M's top 10 performers of the season. Here's a look at who shined throughout the entire regular season after the Aggies closed out their inaugural SEC campaign with a 59-29 win over Missouri on Saturday at Kyle Field:
1. QB Johnny Manziel The redshirt freshman quarterback broke several records this year, most notably the SEC single-season total yards mark previously held by Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Manziel finished the year with 4,600 total offensive yards (3,419 passing, 1,181 rushing) and 43 total touchdowns (24 passing, 19 rushing). He's a Heisman Trophy candidate and arguably the frontrunner for the award heading into the season's final week.
Senior wideout Ryan Swope led the Aggies in touchdown catches this season.
2. DE Damontre Moore The junior has been one of the SEC's and the country's best defensive linemen this year, registering 20 tackles for loss (third nationally) and 12.5 sacks (tied for third nationally). He finished with the Aggies' team lead in both categories as well as tackles (80) and quarterback hurries (8) and blocked two kicks.
3. LT Luke Joeckel The junior is a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top interior lineman. He excelled in pass protection and run blocking for the Aggies' offense, which ranks third nationally in total offense and fourth in scoring.
4. RT Jake Matthews Matthews has been a consistent force on the right side of the line, also playing well in pass protection and in the running game throughout the year. The son of NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, Jake helps make up what might be the nation's top offensive tackle tandem.
5. WR Mike Evans The redshirt freshman finished the season leading the Aggies in receptions (75) and receiving yards (1,022). He caught five touchdown passes on the year, averaged 85.2 receiving yards per game and became the third Texas A&M receiver in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season, joining Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller.
6. WR Ryan Swope The senior closed out his Texas A&M regular season career by catching a touchdown against Missouri and finished the year with 64 catches, for 809 yards (both good for second on the team) and a team-high seven touchdowns.
7. LB Sean Porter The senior was one of the team's leaders all year long and showed his ability as a playmaker too. He finished with 60 tackles (fourth on the team), five tackles for loss (third), 2.5 sacks, an interception, four pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
8. C Patrick Lewis The senior started all 12 games and was an unsung hero of sorts for the offensive line. Lewis handled all the protection calls for his young quarterback, helped the Aggies keep the tempo high and executed snaps flawlessly, while also doing a good job of blocking.
9. DT Spencer Nealy The senior did the dirty work and brought a consistent effort to the interior defensive line, taking on double teams week-in and week-out and performing well after making the move from defensive end. He finished with 37 tackles, six tackles for loss (second on the team), two sacks, three pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.
10. LB Steven Jenkins The junior was a playmaker for the Aggies defense this year, finishing with 70 tackles (third on the team), five tackles for loss (fourth), two sacks, an interception, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. He played 11 of 12 games, missing one because of a suspension from coach Kevin Sumlin.