For the second straight year, four Texas A&M football players earned spots on the prestigious Associated Press All-America Team that was announced on Tuesday.
Earning AP All-America honors were sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans (Galveston, Texas), sophomore punter Drew Kaser (Strongsville, Ohio), sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel (Kerrville, Texas) and senior offensive tackle Jake Matthews (Missouri City, Texas). Evans and Matthews were named to the first team, while Kaser and Manziel were named to the second team. Manziel and Matthews were repeat members of the squad.
Evans led the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight year with 65 for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke the old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010. He led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in catches. His 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC among receivers with 40 or more catches. He also matched the school single game record with four receiving touchdowns against Auburn.
Kaser finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 nationally with a 47.4 punt average. Behind Kaser’s strong leg, the Aggies rank No. 7 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC with a 40.4 net punt average. Kaser put 14 of his 36 total punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and forced 10 fair catches. Kaser boomed 17 punts of 50 yards or more, including a 76-yarder that ranked as the sixth-longest in school history.
Manziel led the SEC in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, total offense and points responsibility. Manziel completed 270-of-391 passes for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns, while also leading the team with 686 rushing yards. He averaged 368.2 yards of total offense per game and is one of just seven FBS players to surpass the 4,000-yard plateau in 2013. He had a pair of 500-yard total offense games with 562 vs. Alabama and 502 vs. Auburn. He is the only player in college football to rank in the top 10 statistically in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, QB rating, yards per attempt, total offense, yards per play and points responsibility.
Matthews is the team leader with 45 consecutive starts on the Aggies’ offensive front. The versatile Matthews held down the all-important left tackle position for the majority of 2013, but also made several starts at right tackle when injuries forced some lineup shuffling. With Matthews clearing the way, the Aggies led the SEC in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. The Aggies go into the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl with 6,458 total yards, including 4,211 passing yards, and have scored 523 points.
2013 Associated Press All-America Team
Quarterback — Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida State.
Running backs — Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka'Deem Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.
Tackles — Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.
Guards — Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5, 313, Stanford.
Center — Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.
Wide receivers — Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.
Tight end — Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.
All-purpose player — Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.
Kicker — Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.
Ends — Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250, Texas.
Tackles — Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, 6-1, 288, Arizona State.
Linebackers — Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.
Cornerbacks — Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, 5-8, 190, Florida State.
Safeties — Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1, 198, Washington State.
Punter — Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.
Quarterback — Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.
Running backs — Tre' Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.
Tackles — Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.
Guards — Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior, UCLA.
Center — Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.
Wide receivers — Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State.
Tight end — Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.
All-purpose player — Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.
Kicker — Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.
Ends — Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.
Tackles — Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.
Linebackers — Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin.
Cornerbacks — Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.
Safeties — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.
Punter — Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.
Quarterback — A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.
Running backs — Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.
Tackles — Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.
Guards — John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.
Center — Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.
Wide receivers — Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt.
Tight end — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.
All-purpose player — Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.
Kicker — Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.
Ends — Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.
Tackles — Ra'Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern California.
Linebackers —Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State.
Cornerbacks — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.
Safeties — Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State.
Punter — Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.