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Jul 12, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; Texas A&M player Myles Garrett speaks to the media during SEC media day at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M Hopes For Improvement In 2016 Football Season

The 2015 football season was a let down for the Texas A&M Aggies. They went just 8-5 including a 4-4 record in the SEC and they closed out their season with a loss against Louisville in the Music City Bowl. The Aggies are looking to turn around their fortunes this season though with newcomer Trevor Knight at quarterback and future first-rounder Myles Garrett to lead the defense.

Nov 21, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Knight is a graduate transfer from Oklahoma where just two years ago he was leading the Sooners to a huge win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Last season Knight lost the starting job to Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield, who led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoffs. Knight fills a big void for the Aggies; both young quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyle Murray transferred, leaving questions at who would start under center.

Texas A&M is led though by defensive end Myles Garrett. Garrett is a wrecking force in the SEC stacking up 11.5 sacks last season and 11 the year before that. Garrett was often matched up against the SEC’s best left tackles in La’el Collins, Cam Robinson, and more but still continued to see success.

Many expect to see the Aggies improve this season and notch big wins in the SEC West whether its over Alabama, LSU, or Ole Miss. Head coach Kevin Sumlin isnt worried though because he knows his team has improved in the past few years.

A&M opens the season up with some Pac-12 action as they host UCLA. The Bruins will be at the home of the 12th man on September 3rd.

However, starting on September 17th, the Aggies play five straight SEC contests which could be the deciding factor in whether or not they will improve on last year’s record.   Some believe the seat of coach Kevin Sumlin is warm after last year’s 8-5 season and some believe there needs to be improvement to insure that he will stay around College Station for the long term.

 

 

About Sean McKenna

Im a senior at the University of Florida currently pursuing a degree in Telecommunications. I work for ESPN Gainesville 95.3 and anchor the Monday sports broadcast for WUFT First At Five. Im from New York and an avid sports fan of all New York teams.

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