Texas A&M, ranked No. 16 in this week's Associated Press poll, will battle a top 25-ranked team for the fourth time in 2012 when the Aggies take on No. 17 (AP rank) Mississippi State at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. The Aggies' previous matchups with ranked teams were then-No. 24 Florida, then-No. 23 Louisiana Tech and then-No. 6 LSU. The Aggies will be the second ranked team faced by MSU, which fell to top-ranked Alabama, 38-7, in Tuscaloosa last Saturday.
- The Bulldogs hold a 3-2 advantage over the Aggies in the all-time series between the schools, with four of the five meetings coming prior to 1940. It will be A&M's first-ever trip to Starkville, Miss.
- In the only recent meeting, Jackie Sherrill's 2000 Mississippi State squad took a 43-41 overtime victory over R.C. Slocum's Aggies in the 2000 Independence Bowl, which was played in the midst of a freak snow storm in Shreveport, La. The Bulldogs rallied from a pair of two-touchdown deficits to force overtime, and then won the "Snow Bowl" with blocked PAT conversion for two points and a touchdown.
- To commemorate the "Snow Bowl," Mississippi State will be wearing all-white uniforms like they were in 2000, which requires Texas A&M wear its normal maroon home uniform on the road.
- Saturday's game will mark the first time since 2001 that two ranked teams have faced off at Davis Wade Stadium (No. 17 Mississippi State vs. No. 18 South Carolina).
- A pair of former Texas A&M head coaches also served as head coach at Mississippi State. Jackie Sherrill coached at Texas A&M from 1982-88 and at MSU from 1991-2003. Emory Bellard coached at A&M from 1972-78 and then at Mississippi State from 1979-85.
ABOUT THE BCS Standings, Top 25
Texas A&M was ranked No. 16 in the third Bowl Championship Series standings of 2012. The Aggies were one of seven SEC schools in the BCS top 20.
The Aggies were in the top 25 polls for the fourth straight week. The Aggies' dominating 63-21 win at Auburn on Saturday resulted in a boost as A&M climbed to No. 16 in both the Associated Press media poll and the USA Today coaches poll. A&M climbed six spots in the AP poll, and five spots in the coaches poll.
Sumlin Against ranked teams
No. 17 Mississippi State (AP poll) will be the fourth ranked team faced by Texas A&M in 2012 with the Aggies holding a 1-2 record in those contests. In his fifth overall season as a head coach, first-year Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin has a career record of 4-3 against ranked teams.
Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25
Opponent, Year______ AP rank_____ Result
at East Carolina, 2008__ No. 23__ W, 41-24
Tulsa, 2008_____________ No. 25__ W, 70-30
at Oklahoma State, 2009_ No. 5__ W, 45-35
Southern Miss, 2011____ No. 24____ L, 49-28
Florida, 2012___________ No. 24____ L, 20-17
vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012 No. 22__ W, 59-57
LSU, 2012_______________ No. 6____ L, 24-19
Winning away from home
First-year Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin's teams have won 10 straight games away from their home field -- six at the University of Houston and four at Texas A&M. Sumlin's last road loss was at Texas Tech in the Cougars' regular season finale in 2010.
- A&M has scored first in every game in 2012, and in 13 straight games dating back to 2011.
- A&M has scored on six of eight opening drives in 2012, totaling 38 points and 22 first downs. The Aggies have scored a touchdown on their opening drive in five straight games.
- A&M averages eight plays and 61 yards on its opening drive of the game.
- Meanwhile, A&M has forced 3-and-outs on its opponent's first possession of the game six times this season.
- A&M has 18 scoring drives of five plays or less ... and three scoring drives on only one play.
three of a kind
The Aggies are one of just three teams in the NCAA FBS that rank in the top 20 statistically in rushing, passing, total and scoring offense (others are Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma State). The Aggies rank No. 3 in scoring offense (45.5 points per game), No. 5 in total offense (542.9 yards per game), No. 14 in rushing (237.6) and No. 17 in passing (305.3).
Texas A&M hit the 300-point plateau after just seven games in 2012 (301 points), which matched the fastest-to-300 pace originally set by Charley Moran's 1912 Aggies squad. Moran's Aggies scored 303 points in its first seven games. After eight games, the Aggies have scored 364 (45.5 per game) points and is well ahead of the rest of the SEC and A&M's record of 39.1 points per game set last year. The next closest scoring offense in the SEC is Alabama with 325 points (40.6 per game).
Re-Writing the Record Book
The Aggies set school records for total, passing and scoring offense just last year with future NFL draft picks Ryan Tannehill and Cyrus Gray leading the way. The 2012 Aggies are on pace to re-break all three marks by healthy margins.
A&M's rushing offense isn't on school record pace, but its SEC-best average of 237.7 is the highest since averaging 259.1 rushing yards per game in 1991.
2011 vs. 2012
Category________________ 2011_______ 2012 Margin
Total Offense__________ *490.2______ 542.9 +52.7 yards/G
Passing Offense________ *291.1______ 305.3 +14.2 yards/G
Scoring Offense_________ *39.1_______ 45.5 +6.4 points/G
Rushing Offense_________ 199.2______ 237.6 +38.4 yards/G
* -- School record
- The Aggies have gained 400 or more yards in seven straight games, which has never been done before in school history. Previous high streak of 400-plus games was six.
- The 63 points scored by Aggies vs. Auburn were most-ever on a conference opponent's home field. Previous high was 59 at TCU in 1993.
- Senior WR Uzoma Nwachukwu is 29 receiving yards away from becoming the fourth Aggie to hit the 2,000-yard level in career receiving yards.
- 68 of the Aggies' 215 first downs have been achieved via a Johnny Manziel rush (38) or a Mike Evans catch (30).
- The Aggies are converting 54.0 percent of third-down situations (67-of-124).
- A&M has had 32 or more rushes in every game in 2012, including a season-high 48 (for 352 yards) vs. Auburn last week.
- The Aggies are averaging 5.8 yards per carry, which matches the school record set by the Darren Lewis-led 1990 squad. It is the third-highest per carry average in FBS behind Oregon (6.2) and Florida State (6.1).
- A&M's top four receivers all average 12.0 yards per catch or higher, and seven Aggie receivers have double-digit catches.
- Manziel and Ben Malena have combined to rush for 1,318 yards and 6.7 yds/carry.
- The Aggies lead the SEC in total offense (542.9 yards/G), rushing offense (237.6 yards/G) and scoring offense (45.5 points/G), and rank No. 2 in passing (303.3 yards/G).
- The Aggies' freshman WR trio of Mike Evans, Thomas Johnson and Sabian Holmes have produced a first down or TD on 46 of their 75 combined catches (61.3 percent).
- 28 of the Aggies' 34 total catches in third-down situations have produced a first down or touchdown (82.4 percent).
- For the season, the Aggies have outscored their opponents by double-digits in all four quarters, but have been especially dominant in the second stanza with a 141-47 scoring advantage.
- A&M has four turnover-free games in 2012, which is the most by the Aggies since 2010 when they had four.
- Texas A&M is completing 64.0 percent of its pass attempts in 2012, which is well ahead of the school record percentage of 61.6 set last season.
Texas A&M is holding opponents to a 28 percent (34-of-120) conversion rate on 3rd downs this season.
Opp 3rd Down Conversions By Game
Opponent___________ 3rd D__ Pct.
Florida ______________ 3-12____ .250
at SMU _____________ 3-18____ .167
South Carolina State _ 3-16____ .188
Arkansas_____________ 9-22____ .409
at Ole Miss__________ 9-19____ .474
vs. Louisiana Tech ___ 5-17____ .294
LSU_________________ 2-16____ .125
at Auburn___________ 2-10____ .200
Season______________ 34-120__ .280
- Texas A&M has 26 sacks from 12 different players in 2012.
- The Aggies have at least one sack in seven of eight games.
- A&M opponents have fumbled nine times but lost just one.
- The Aggies haven't had a take-away in three straight games, which hasn't happened since the final three games of Mike Sherman's first season in 2008 (losses to Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas).
- Junior DE Damontre Moore averages 1.31 QB sacks per game, which is more than 19 teams in the NCAA FBS.
- Moore ranks No. 2 nationally in tackles for loss (2.25/G) and No. 3 in QB sacks (1.31/G)
- Moore is the leading defensive line tackler in FBS with 65 stops.
- The Aggies' top tackler off the bench (no starts) is Floyd Raven Sr. with 11 stops, including 10 solo hits.
- The only defensive back to start in every game is senior Steven Terrell.
- The defensive line has had the same four starters in every game: Damontre Moore and Julien Obioha at DE and Kirby Ennis and Spencer Nealy at DT.
- Senior LBs Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart have also started every game.
- The Aggies have scored TDs via fumble return, interception return and punt return in a single season for the first time since 2001.
- The Aggies have held opponents to 165 rushing yards or less in seven of eight games in 2012. Only LSU, with 219 rushing yards in game 8, has broken the 200-yard plateau.
- Opponents are completing only 56.3 percent of their passes after connecting on 62.4 percent in 2011.
- Just a season after ranking among the worst net punting teams in the nation, the Aggies rank No. 5 nationally with a 42.3 average. Last year, the Aggies ranked 94th with a 35.0 average.
- Punter Ryan Epperson had his season-high two "coffin corner" boots in SEC games against Florida, Arkansas and LSU.
- In the hidden yards department, A&M has gained 884 yards on kickoff and punt returns, while allowing only 399 opponent return yards. A&M is averaging 19.2 yards on its kickoff and punt returns, while its opponents are averaging 14.3 yards.
- The Aggies have had 10 or more kickoffs in four of eight games in 2012.
- Since Dustin Harris' monster punt return game against South Carolina State (8-246), he's gained just 34 yards on nine returns.
- In the kicking game, punter Ryan Epperson has one touchback on 26 boots and kicker Taylor Bertolet has registered a touchback on 44-of-65 kickoffs.
- Taylor Bertolet booted a career-high three field goals against LT, including a career-long 54-yarder. The 54-yarder was the longest by an Aggie since Terrence Kitchens' 62-yard bomb against Southern Miss in 1999. Bertolet also had a 50-yarder against LSU. He became the first Aggie with multiple 50-yard boots in a season since Kitchens in 1999.
- A&M opponents have just seven punt returns in 2012 for a total of 21 yards with a long return of 10 yards
- Senior Ryan Epperson is averaging 43.9 yards per punt, which would rank in a tie for No. 16 nationally if he had the requisite 3.6 punts per game to qualify for the NCAA statistics. His older brother, Derek, Epperson, was a three-time All-Big 12 pick for the Baylor Bears.
- Last season's NCAA punt return champ Dustin Harris is averaging 14.4 yards per return, which ranks No. 12 nationally.
- Dustin Harris had a school record 246 yards on eight punt returns vs. SC State for a gaudy 30.8 average, including a 96-yard TD return that was the second-longest in school history.
- In a bit of a rarity, starting OT Jake Matthews, son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce, is A&M's deep snapper.
- Freshman KO returner Trey Williams broke off a 76-yard return against LSU, which was the longest since 2010 when Coryell Judie had an 84-yard TD return against Baylor.
- First season at Texas A&M.
- Fifth season as a college head coach.
- Earned his degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Purdue University in 1988.
- Standout linebacker for the Boilermakers from 1983-86.
- Was hired at Texas A&M on Dec. 10, 2011 after four highly successful seasons as head coach at the University of Houston.
- Compiled at 35-17 record at UH, and led the Cougars to three bowl games in his four seasons.
- Was a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
- Served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M from 2001-02. Was hired hired as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, and he added offensive coordinator to his responsibilities early in the 2002 season after the offense struggled early in the season. With Sumlin calling the plays, the Aggie offense flourished, averaging 33.0 points and 419 yards per game for the remainder of the season after posting just 16.0 points and 286 yards per game previously. A highlight of the season including a 30-26 win over top-ranked Oklahoma with the Aggies gaining 404 total yards to key the victory.
- Other assistant coaching stops for Sumlin include: Oklahoma (2003-07), Purdue (1998-2000), Minnesota (1993-97) and Wyoming (1991-92). He got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Washington State from 1989-90.
- As an assistant coach, Sumlin served under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M, Joe Tiller at Purdue and Wyoming, Jim Wacker at Minnesota and Mike Price at Washington State.
- Sumlin has coached in 11 bowl games, including all four Bowl Championship Series games (2002 Rose Bowl, 2004 Sugar Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl, 2007 and 2008 Fiesta Bowls). Also played in Peach Bowl (now Chick-Fil-A Bowl).
- Sumlin is a native of Indianapolis, Ind., and attended high school at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep. Was born Aug. 3, 1964 in Brewton, Ala.
- Home of the Aggies since 1905.
- Capacity of Kyle Field is 82,589.
- Stadium record crowd is 90,079, set vs. Nebraska in 2010 (9-6 win by the Aggies).
- Kyle Field is named for former A&M Dean of Agriculture Edwin Jackson Kyle, who donated a 400 x 400-foot area of the southern edge of campus that had been assigned to him for horticultural experiments. It became the home of the Aggies.
- Populous, one of the world's premier sports facility design firms, has been hired to lead the design study phase for the upcoming renovation and redevelopment of Kyle Field.
- With 30,000 Texas A&M students at football games, Kyle Field hosts the largest student crowd in the nation.
kYLE fIELD rECORD cROWDS
1. 90,079 vs. No. 8 Nebraska (2010) Won, 9-6
2. 88,645 vs. No. 25 Texas (2011) Lost, 27-25
3. 88,253 vs. No. 12 Texas (2007) Won, 38-30
4. 87,555 vs. No. 5 Texas (2001) Lost, 21-7
5. 87,429 vs. No. 6 LSU (2012) Lost, 24-19
6. 87,361 vs. Baylor (2011) Won, 55-26
7. 87,358 vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State (2011) Lost, 30-29
8. 87,206 vs. Notre Dame (2001) Won, 24-3
9. 87,188 vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (2000) Lost, 35-31
10. 87,114 vs. No. 23 Florida (2012) Lost, 20-17
Kyle Field rECORD season averages
1. 87,183 2011 610, 283/7 games
2. 86,940 2012 347, 760/4 games
3. 82,711 2001 496, 268/6 games
4. 82,477 2010 577, 338/7 games
5. 82,207 2007 575, 450/7 games
6. 82,193 2008 575, 351/7 games
7. 80,198 2002 561, 389/7 games
8. 79,732 2005 478, 389/6 games
9. 77,578 2000 465, 471/6 games
10. 76,800 2009 537, 602/7 games
A&M-Mississippi State connections
A pair of former Texas A&M assistant coaches serve on Dan Mullen's Bulldogs coaching staff: offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Les Koenning and cornerbacks/nickels coach Melvin Smith. Koenning served two stints at A&M, from 1994-96 under R.C. Slocum and from 2003-07 under Dennis Franchione. Smith coached the Aggies' secondary under Franchione from 2003-05. ... Bulldog wide receiver coach Tim Brewster never coached at A&M, but did serve as FX's sideline reporter in three Aggie games in 2011.
"maroon Goons" paving the way
Paving the way for the Aggies' record-setting offense is the biggest offensive front in school history, which features a pair of tackles that have been projected to be NFL first-round draft picks in the future. The starting five, self-titled the "Maroon Goons," of senior Patrick Lewis (C), juniors Luke Joeckel (OT) and Jake Matthews (OT) and sophomores Cedric Ogbuehi (OG) and Jarvis Harrison (OG) weigh in at 1,542 pounds or 308.4 per goon.
Joeckel and Matthews have been projected as first-round picks by several sources, and the pair are on the watch lists for the Outland Award (best interior lineman) and the Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman or linebacker). Lewis is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center).
Here's the Beef
Lineman________________ Ht____ WT___ career starts
LT Luke Joeckel_________ 6-6___ 310___ 34 (34 consecutive)
LG Jarvis Harrison 6-3_ 320 13 (9 consecutive)
C Patrick Lewis________ 6-2___ 312___ 43 (43 consecutive)
RG _______________ Cedric Ogbuehi 6-5_ 295 14 (13 consecutive)
RT Jake Matthews 6-5_ 305 28 (28 consecutive)
- With the Maroon Goons clearing the way, the Aggies have produced four 600-yard total offense games in 2012, including a season-high 716 yards against Arkansas.
- The Aggies are averaging 5.8 yards per carry, which is slightly behind the school record of 5.8 set in 1990.
- The Aggies lead the SEC in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense.
- Aggies have gained 400 or more total yards in a school-record seven straight games
- The Aggies are converting 54.0 percent of third-down situations (67-of-124).
Johnny football making mark
Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel ranks among the nation's top 100 statistically in six offensive categories. He is the top freshman in points responsible for, total offense and passing yards.
Manziel in the NCAA Statistical Rankings
Category_____________ NCAA Rk Avg. rank among freshmen
Rushing/G_____________ No. 30 99.1 No. 2
Passing Yards/G________ No. 19 277.0 No. 1
Passing Efficiency______ No. 29 148.68 rtg. No. 3
Total Offense/G________ No. 3 376.1 No. 1
Scoring/G______________ tNo. 18 9.8 pts. No. 2
Points Responsibilty/G__ No. 4 21.8 pts No. 1
Manziel Trends and Notables
- Precocious freshman QB Johnny Manziel is the NCAA's top freshman in three statistical categories: total offense (376.1.0 yards/G), points responsible for (21.8 points/G) and passing yards (277.0 yards/G).
- Manziel is on pace to become the second QB to lead the Aggies in rushing since 1960 (Stephen McGee with 899 in 2007).
- Manziel is ranked in the NCAA top 30 in six statistical categories -- rushing, passing, pass efficiency, total offense, scoring and points responsibility.
- Manziel generates 379.9.0 yards of total offense per game, which is more than 38 teams in the NCAA FBS.
- Manziel leads the SEC in rushing (99.1), total offense (376.1), scoring (9.8 pts/G), pts responsibility (21.8).
- Manziel has run or thrown for 46 20-yard plus plays in 2012 or 5.8 per game.
Nation's Top Dual Threat?
Aggie QB Johnny Manziel has firmly established himself among the nation's most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks. Among players ranked in the top 100 nationally in rushing, Manziel ranks No. 1 in total offense with an average of 376.1 yards per game.
2012 NCAA Total Offense Producers (Among Top 100 Rushers)
Rk. Player, School______________ Total Off/G
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M____ 376.1
2. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois___ 352.1
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada___________ 329.4
4. Braxton Miller, Ohio State_______ 291.1
5. Denard Robinson, Michigan______ 283.1
Sept. 8 vs. Florida
- Generated 233 total yards (60 rush, 173 pass) ... TD responsibility: 1
Sept. 15 at SMU
- In 3 quarters of action, Manziel broke or matched freshman records for total offense (418), passing yards (294) and pass TDs (4). TD responsibility: 6 ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week #1.
Sept. 22 vs. South Carolina State
- Seeing only first half action, Manziel generated 252 total yards (78 rush, 174 pass) ... TD responsibility: 5
Sept. 29 vs. Arkansas
- Set the SEC record for total offense with 557 yards (104 rush, 453 pass) ... set A&M records for total offense and pass yards ... TD responsibility: 4 ... Named SEC Offensive Player #1/Freshman of the Week #2
Oct. 6 at Ole Miss
- Led Aggies from fourth quarter 10-point deficit to 30-27 win ... generated 320 total yards (129 rush, 191 pass) ... TD responsibilty: 2 ... Named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week #3
Oct. 13 vs. Louisiana Tech
- Set the SEC record for total offense for second time in three games with 576-yard outburst (181 rush, 395 pass) ... 181 rushing yards were No. 2 effort by QB in school history ... TD responsibility: 6 ... Named SEC Offensive Player #2/Co-Freshman of the Week #4 ... Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week
Oct. 20 vs. LSU
- Gained 303 total yards vs. the Tigers, including 276 passing yards ... TD responsibility: 0.
Oct. 27 vs. Auburn
- Gained 350 total yards (260 pass/90 rush) ... TD responsibility: 5 ... SEC Freshman of the Week #5
NEW FACES in New places
Texas A&M's depth chart is brimming with first-year players. The two-deep chart features 16 that are new to the team or redshirted last season, including 10 true freshmen.
Closer Look at the Depth Chart
Offense (8): WR Mike Evans, WR Derel Walker, WR Sabian Holmes, WR Thomas Johnson, OL Germain Ifedi, OL Mike Matthews, OL Joseph Cheek, QB Johnny Manziel
Defense (6): DL Julien Obioha, LB Michael Richardson, DB De'Vante Harris, DB Tramain Jacobs, DB Johntel Franklin
Specialists (3): PK Taylor Bertolet, PK Davis Plowman, KOR Trey Williams
Bold Caps denotes 2012 starter
New scheme, same results
Aggie defensive boss Mark Snyder's new 4-3 defensive scheme gets pressure from all over the front seven with a whopping 12 defenders with at least a half-sack, including six defensive linemen, five linebackers and a defensive back.
Similar to last year when they led the nation in sacks, the Aggies are again near the top of the NCAA quarterback sacks chart with 26 in the first eight games (3.25 per game), which is tied for No. 9 in the FBS and No. 2 in the SEC. Last season the Aggies led the nation with 51 sacks (3.9 per game).
Moore in rare air
Junior DE Damontre Moore leads the Aggies in tackles with 65 stops, which ranks nationally. He is the leading DL tackler in the nation. The last defensive lineman to lead the Aggies in tackles was Sam Adams, who led the way with 78 tackles in his All-America season in 1993. In fact, only two defensive linemen have led the Aggies in tackles in the last 40 years: Adams and two-time All-American Ray Childress.
Moore is building on his strong play down the stretch in 2011 with an All-America-type 2012. In his last 14 games, Moore has compiled an incredible 16.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss.
Opponent_____________ QBS_____ TFL
Missouri________________ 0.0_____ 1.5
at Oklahoma___________ 0.0_____ 2.0
at Kansas State_________ 2.0_____ 3.5
Kansas_________________ 2.0_____ 2.0
Texas__________________ 1.0_____ 1.5
vs. Northwestern _______ 1.0_____ 2.0
Florida_________________ 3.0_____ 3.0
at SMU_________________ 2.0_____ 2.0
South Carolina State____ 1.0_____ 3.0
Arkansas_______________ 0.0_____ 2.5
at Ole Miss_____________ 1.0_____ 2.0
vs. Louisiana Tech______ 1.5_____ 2.5
LSU ___________________ 1.0_____ 2.0
at Auburn______________ 1.0_____ 1.0
Total_________________ 16.5___ 30.5
2012 NCAA Individual QB Sack Leaders
Rk. Player, School________________ QBS/G
1. Quanterus Smith, W. Kentucky______ 1.64
2. Jarvis Jones, Georgia_____________ 1.42
3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M_____ 1.31
4. Chris JOnes, Bowling Green________ 1.28
5. Will Sutton, Arizona State_________ 1.21
2012 NCAA Individual TFL Leaders
Rk. Player, School_________________ TFL/G
1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia_____________ 2.33
2. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M_____ 2.25
3. Quanterus Smith, W. Kentucky______ 2.07
4. Will Sutton, Arizona State_________ 2.00
5. Travis Johnson, San Jose State______ 1.94
NCAA Active Career QB Sacks/G Leaders
Rk. Player, School________________ QBS/G
1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia______________ 1.1
2. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina____ 0.8
3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M______ 0.7
Scott Crichton, Oregon State________ 0.7
5. 11 players_______________________ 0.6
net gain for epperson
Senior Ryan Epperson, who was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list last week, is averaging 43.9 yards on 26 boots. Eleven of his 18 punts have been downed inside the opponent 20 yard line with only one touchback. Only seven of his punts have been returned for 21 yards. The Aggies' season net punt average stands at 42.3 and ranked No. 5 nationally. Last year, the Aggies were No. 94 nationally with a 35.0 net punt average.
Swope Sets Sights on Receiving Records
- After breaking A&M's single season receptions record in back-to-back seasons, senior wide receiver Ryan Swope is within range of most of the career receiving standard in the Aggies' record book.
- For his career, Swope has 210 catches for 2,584 yards and 19 touchdowns.
- Swope posted a school record with six 100-yard receiving games last season, and has a school record 10 for his career.
- He set another school record with four touchdown receptions against Baylor in 2011. His 206 receiving yards (on 11 catches) against the Bears was the fifth 200-yard game in A&M history.
- Was a running back at Austin Westlake High School, but lined up at WR from day one at Texas A&M.
- Aggies are 8-2 in Swope's 100-yard receiving games, and are 8-5 when he has 8 or more catches.
Player Rec. Years
Jeff Fuller 233 2008-11
Ryan Swope 216 2009-
Terrence Murphy 172 2001-04
Uzoma Nwachukwu 141 2009-
Bethel Johnson 117 1999-02
Career Receiving Yards
Player Yards Years
Jeff Fuller 3,092 2008-11
Ryan Swope 2,724 2009-
Terrence Murphy 2,600 2001-04
Uzoma Nwachukwu 1,971 2009-
Bethel Johnson 1,740 1999-02
Player TDs Years
Jeff Fuller 34 2008-11
Ryan Swope 21 2009-
Bob Long 19 1966-68
Uzoma Nwachukwu 16 2009-
Tony Harrison 14 1990-93
- Christine Michael's first name is pronounced: CHRIS-tin, not Christian or chris-TEEN
- Michael's last two seasons have been cut short due to season-ending injuries. He broke his right leg in game 8 in 2010 (vs. Texas Tech) and tore his left ACL in game 9 in 2011 (vs. Oklahoma).
- Despite missing nine games the past two seasons due to season-ending injuries, Michael is the SEC's second-leading active rusher with 2,645 career yards behind Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina.
- Has nine career 100-yard plus rushing games, including four in nine games last season. Aggies are 7-2 in games when C-Mike rushes for 100-plus yards.
- His 2645 career rushing yards rank No. 11 in school history, and his 3,173 career all-purpose yards rank No. 11.
- Was well on his way to his first 1,000-yard season in 2011 with 899 yards in nine games, including a monster 32-carry, 230-yard, three-TD effort against Arkansas.
Aggies in the NFL
Texas A&M had 18 former players on NFL Opening Day active rosters.
Aggies on NFL Opening Day active rosters
#85 Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants
#71 Michael Bennett, DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
#95 Rocky Bernard, DL, New York Giants
#79 Red Bryant, DL, Seattle Seahawks
#96 Ron Edwards, DL, Carolina Panthers
#25 Mike Goodson, RB, Oakland Raiders
#42 Cyrus Gray, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
#63 Geoff Hangartner, OL, Carolina Panthers
#96 Kellen Heard, DL, St. Louis Rams
#41 Jorvorskie Lane, FB, Miami Dolphins
#9 Shane Lechler, P, Oakland Raiders
#60 Kevin Matthews, OL, Tennessee Titans
#58 Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos
#48 Don Muhlbach, DS, Detroit Lions
#32 Jordan Pugh, DB, Washington Redskins
#17 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
#74 Cody Wallace, OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
#94 *Ty Warren, DL, Denver Broncos
* -- Injured in season-opener, placed on
#79 Ben Bass, DL, Dallas Cowboys
#37 Terrence Frederick, DB, New York Giants
#83 Jeff Fuller, WR, Miami Dolphins
#63 Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, San Francisco 49ers
#80 Jamie McCoy, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
#77 Lucas Patterson, DL, Kansas City Chiefs
#4 Randy Bullock, PK, Houston Texans
NFL Coaching Staffs:
Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders (Head Coach)
Dan Campbell, Miami Dolphins (Tight Ends)
Kyle Caskey, Cincinnati Bengals (Offensive Quality Control)
Jerry Fontenot, Green Bay Packers (Tight Ends)
Johnny Holland, Oakland Raiders (Linebackers)
Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans (Head Coach)
Kirk Parrish, Seattle Seahawks (College Scouting Coordinator)
Shawn Slocum, Green Bay Packers (Special Teams Coordinator)
TEam captains, leadership council
- Team captains, selected by player voting, are seniors LB Sean Porter, DB Steven Terrell, OL Patrick Lewis and WR Ryan Swope.
- Leadership Council, also selected by player vote, is comprised of SENIORS: LB Sean Porter, TE Michael Lamothe; JUNIORS: OL Jake Matthews, OL Luke Joeckel; SOPHOMORES: QB Jameill Showers, RB Brandon Williams; FRESHMEN: QB Johnny Manziel, WR Mike Evans.
Aggies in the NCAA, SEC Statistical Rankings
Category___________ NCAA___ SEC__ Avg./G
Rushing Offense_______ 14_____ 1__ 237.63
Passing Offense________ 19_____ 2__ 305.25
Total Offense___________ 5_____ 1__ 542.88
Scoring Offense_________ 3_____ 1____ 45.5
Rushing Defense_______ 38_____ 6__ 136.38
Pass Efficiency Defense_ 38_____ 7__ 119.78
Total Defense_________ 55____ 10___ 385.5
Scoring Defense_______ 34_____ 7______ 22
Net Punting____________ 5_____ 2___ 42.31
Punt Returns__________ 13_____ 2___ 15.24
Kickoff Returns________ 33_____ 4___ 23.95
Turnover Margin______ 103____ 12___ -0.88
Pass Defense__________ 80____ 12__ 249.13
Passing Efficiency______ 35_____ 4__ 144.27
Sacks___________________ 9_____ 2____ 3.25
Tackles For Loss________ 32_____ 6____ 6.75
Sacks Allowed_________ 70_____ 5_______ 2
Rushing Johnny Manziel______ 30______ 1__ 99.12
Ben Malena________ T-90____ 13__ 65.62
Christine Michael___________ 24__ 38.71
Pass EfficiencyJohnny Manziel______ 29______ 5 148.68
Total Offense Johnny Manziel_______ 3______ 1 376.12
Receptions/G Mike Evans_________ T-43____ T-3___ 5.88
Ryan Swope________ T-98______ 6____ 4.5
Thomas Johnson___________ T-22___ 2.88
Rec. Yards/G Mike Evans__________ 23______ 3__ 88.12
Ryan Swope_________ 77______ 8_____ 65
Thomas Johnson____________ 25__ 34.75
Interceptions Steven Terrell______ T-78____ T-9___ 0.25
Punting ______________________ --______ --______ --
Punt Returns Dustin Harris________ 12______ 3__ 14.44
Kickoff Returns _________ Trey Williams____ 36______ 3______ 25.24
Field Goals Taylor Bertolet_____ T-37____ T-5___ 1.25
Scoring Johnny Manziel____ T-18______ 1___ 9.75
Taylor Bertolet_____ T-30______ 2______ 9
Christine Michael___________ 24___ 5.14
Ben Malena_______________ T-25____ 4.5
All-Purpose Johnny Manziel____________ T-11__ 99.12
Trey Williams_____________ T-11__ 99.12
Mike Evans_________________ 18__ 88.12
Sacks Damontre Moore_____ 3______ 2___ 1.31
Tackles Damontre Moore___ T-89____ T-9___ 8.12
TFL Damontre Moore_____ 2__________ 2.25
Team All SEC
Florida................................. 7-1................ 6-1
Georgia................................ 7-1................ 5-1
South Carolina..................... 7-2................ 5-2
Vanderbilt............................ 4-4................ 2-3
Missouri............................... 4-4................ 1-4
Tennessee........................... 3-5................ 0-5
Kentucky.............................. 1-8................ 0-6
Team All SEC
Alabama.............................. 8-0................ 8-0
LSU...................................... 7-1................ 3-1
Mississippi State................. 7-1................ 3-1
Texas A&M ......................... 6-2................ 3-2
Ole Miss.............................. 5-3................ 2-2
Arkansas.............................. 3-5................ 2-3
Auburn................................. 1-7................ 0-6
This Week's SEC Schedule
(All Times Central)
Nov. 3 Games
Missouri at Florida........................................ 11:00 AM/ESPN2
Texas A&M at Mississippi St....................... 11:00 AM/ESPN
Vanderbilt at Kentucky............................... 11:00 AM/ESPNU
Troy at Tennessee............................................. 11:00 AM/FSN
Tulsa at Arkansas............................. 11:21 AM/SEC Network
New Mexico State at Auburn.......................... 11:30 PM/CSS
Ole Miss at Georgia.............................................. 2:30 PM/CBS
Alabama at LSU...................................................... 7:00 PM/CBS
Oct. 27 Results
Alabama 38, Mississippi St. 7
Texas A&M 63, Auburn 21
Vanderbilt 49, UMass 7
Georgia 17, Florida 9
Ole Miss 30, Arkansas 27
Missouri 33, Kentucky 10
South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35
- QB Johnny Manziel: Davey O'Brien National QB Award semifinalist (10/22); Maxwell Award semifinalist (10/29).
- DE Damontre Moore: Bednarik Award semifinalist (10/29)
Game 1 vs. Florida
- DE Damontre Moore: SEC Co-DL of the Week (SEC); H-M National DL of the Week (College Football Performance Awards/CFPA).
- P Ryan Epperson: H-M National Punter of the Week (CFPA).
- TE Michael Lamothe: SEC Football Community Service Team (SEC)
Game 2 vs. SMU
- QB Johnny Manziel: SEC Freshman of the Week (SEC); H-M Davey O'Brien QB of the Week; Manning Award Star of the Week; SEC Offensive Player/Freshman of the Week (Southern Pigskin/SP); H-M QB of the Week (CFPA)
- DE Damontre Moore: H-M National DL of the Week (CFPA)
Game 3 vs. South Carolina State
- RS Dustin Harris: SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week (SEC); National Punt Returner of the Week (CFPA); SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (SP)
- QB Johnny Manziel: SEC Freshman of the Week (SP); H-M QB of the Week (CFPA)
- DE Damontre Moore: H-M DL of the Week (CFPA)
- P Ryan Epperson: H-M Punter of the Week (CFPA).
Game 4 vs. Arkansas
- Head Coach Kevin Sumlin: SEC Coach of the Week (SP)
- QB Johnny Man!ziel: SEC Offensive Player /Co-Freshman of the Week (SEC); H-M QB of the Week (CFPA); SEC Offensive Player of the Week (SP); SEC Freshman of the Week (SP); Manning Award Stars of the Week; H-M Davey O'Brien QB of the Week; Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week nominee
- OT Jake Matthews: SEC OL of the Week (SEC)
- DB steven terrell: National Defensive Player of the Week (College Sports Madness/CSM); National Defensive Back of the Week (CFPA)
Game 5 vs. Ole Miss
- QB Johnny Manziel: SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (SEC); SEC Freshman of the Week (SP)
Game 6 vs. Louisiana Tech
- QB Johnny Manziel: Walter Camp National Offensive POW; H-M Davey O'Brien QB of the Week; Manning Award Stars of the Week; National POW (CFPA); SEC Offensive Player/Co-Freshman of the Week (SEC); SEC Offensive Player/Freshman of the Week (SP)
- DE Damontre Moore: H-M DL of the Week (CFPA)
- PK Taylor bertolet: H-M PK of the Week (CFPA)
Game 7 vs. LSU
- DE Damontre Moore: SEC DL of the Week (SEC); H-M DL of the Week (CFPA)
Game 8 vs. Auburn
- QB Johnny Manziel: SEC Freshman of the Week (SEC); H-M QB of the Week (CFPA); SEC Offensive Player/Freshman of the Week (SP)
Game 9 vs. Mississippi State
Game 10 vs. Alabama
Game 11 vs. Sam Houston State
Game 12 vs. Missouri
Multiple players on the Aggies' 2012 roster have fathers that were accomplished professional athletes in the NFL or the NBA
BRUCE MATTHEWS / Sons Jake and Mike
The father of Aggie offensive linemen Jake and Mike Matthews, Bruce, was a perennial All-Pro offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. The elder Matthews currently coaches Jake and Mike's older brother, Kevin, with the Tennessee Titans. Kevin Matthews was the Aggies' starter at center in 2008 and 2009.
ED NEALY / Son Spencer
Senior defensive lineman Spencer Nealy's dad, Ed, was an All-Big Eight forward at Kansas State and played 10 seasons in the NBA, including with the 1992-93 Chicago Bulls that won the NBA title.
Rod Harris / De'Vante Harris
True freshman cornerback De'Vante Harris' father, Rod, was an accomplished return specialist for three NFL teams and compiled over 150 punt and kickoff returns during his pro career..
Louis Cheek / Joseph Cheek
Redshirt freshman lineman Joseph Cheek's dad, Louis, saw action in 49 games in four seasons in the NFL.
WR Rod Harris 1985-88 / CB De'Vante Harris, Fr-HS
OT Louis Cheek 1984-87 / OT Joseph Cheek, Fr-RS
DB Lynn Honeycutt 1978-79 / DB Clay Honeycutt, So-1L
QB Craig Stump 1984-87 / QB Joshua Stump, Fr-HS
QB Mark McQueen 1981-82 / QB Conner McQueen, Fr-HS
OT Luke Joeckel / QB Matt Joeckel
LB Tyrell Taylor / LB Tyrone Taylor