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Game Notes: Texas A&M at LSU

November 21, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Game #11 / Aggies vs. Tigers

Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2 vs. SEC)

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LSU (7-3, 3-3 vs. SEC)

KICKOFF/DATE: 2:30 p.m. (CT), Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

SITE        Tiger Stadium, BATON ROUGE, LA. (Cap. 92,000)

TV           CBS (national)

                Verne Lundquist, play-by-play

                Gary Danielson, commentary

                Tracy Wolfson, sideline reporter

RADIO   Sports USA (National)

                Aaron Goldsmith, play-by-play

                Gary Barnett, commentary

                Jordy Culotta, sideline

                Texas A&M Sports Network

                Dave South, play-by-play

                Dave Elmendorf, commentary

                Will Johnson, sideline

                (LSU feed on SiriusXM channel: Sirius 91 / XM 91)

RANKINGS          Texas A&M  (No. 12 - BCS / No. 9- AP / No. 10 - USA Today)

                LSU (No. 22 - BCS / No. 18 - AP / No. 19 - Usa today)

SERIES HISTORY                LSU leads series, 28-20-3 (Last meeting: LSU 24, at Texas A&M 19)

LIVE AUDIO        aggieathletics.com, radioaggieland.com

STATS    tamu.statbroadcast.com (contact SID for password)

First Baton Rouge trip for Aggies since 1994

Texas A&M will be making its first appearance in Baton Rouge in nearly 20 years when the Aggies take on the Tigers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

•     The most recent meeting between the Aggies and Tigers in Baton Rouge was a 18-13 win by A&M in 1994. A&M has won in its last two trips to Baton Rouge.

•     LSU leads the all-time series, 28-20-3. Since 1970, the two teams are tied at 9 wins each.

•     It will be A&M’s first road trip in more than a month (W, 41-38 on Oct. 12 at Ole Miss).

•     A&M will be seeking a school-record 11th straight road victory. The Aggies’ current 10-game streak matches the record set in 1939-40.

•     CONNECTIONS: The Tigers have a pair of former A&M offensive coordinators on their coaching staff -- Steve Ensminger and Steve Kragthorpe. Tiger WR Corey Thompson is the son of Tony Thompson, who played for the Aggies in the late 1980s.

TAMU vs. LSU since 1987

(when home/home series resumed)

2012       College Station                    L, 24-19

2010       Arlington                               L, 41-24

1995       College Station                    W, 33-17

1994       Baton Rouge, La.                W, 18-13

1993       College Station                    W, 24-0

1992       Baton Rouge, La.                W, 31-22

1991       College Station                    W, 45-7

1990       Baton Rouge, La.                L, 17-8

1989       College Station                    W, 28-16

1988       Baton Rouge, La.                L, 27-0

1987       College Station                    L, 17-3

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

•     A win by the Aggies would be the 20th of Kevin Sumlin’s time at Texas A&M. No other head coach has won more than 18 games in their first two seasons in Aggieland.

•     The Aggies will be seeking first win against LSU since 1995 (33-17 in College Station).

•     A&M is seeking its 11th straight road win, while Sumlin has a personal road-winning streak of 15 games.

•     The Aggies are in the midst of a streak of nine straight games with 500-plus total yards, which is easily the longest streak in the FBS.

•     Texas A&M takes a FBS-best 13-game streak of 40-point games into the LSU game.

•     As a team, the Aggies lead the SEC in scoring (49.2 points/game), total offense (578.0 yards/game), passing (379.2 yards/game), pass efficiency (180.7 rating), punting (48.5 avg.), and first downs (29.1/game).

•     The Aggies needs 220 total yards to reach 6,000 as a team (done three times previously); need 208 passing yards to hit 4,000 (accomplished once previously); need eight points to reach 500 (accomplished twice previously)

•     QB Johnny Manziel need 76 total yards to reach 4,000 for second straight season. He would become the first Aggie to do it twice.

•     Texas A&M has played many teams that have 700 or more wins in program history. For the first time, however, Texas A&M will play a team with 700-plus wins (LSU with 750 in its 120th season) while having 700 wins as well. The Aggies notched win No. 700 two weeks ago against Mississippi State (in 119th season).

Standouts.Aggieathletics.com

Mike Evans: Biletnikoff Award (Top WR),

Drew Kaser: Ray Guy Award (Top punter)

Johnny Manziel: Davey O’Brien Award (Top QB), Maxwell Award (Top player), Walter Camp (Player of the Year)

Jake Matthews: Rotary Lombardi Award (Top lineman), Outland Trophy (Top interior lineman)

#JohnnyRepeat

Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel has followed up his Heisman-winning freshman season by improving in virtually every passing and total offense statistical category in 2013.

Manziel through 10 Games / 2012 vs. 2013

                                                            2012           2013         +/-

Pass attempts                               336             315           -21

Pass completions                         227             230           +3

Yards per attempt                       8.3              10.5          +2.2

Interceptions                                 6                  11             +5

Completion percentage            67.6            73.0          +5.4

Passing yards                                 2,780         3,313       +533

Passing YPG                                    278.0         331.3       +53.3

Passing touchdowns                   18               31             +13

Passing efficiency                        151.17       186.9       +35.73

Rushing attempts                        156             110           -46

Rushing yards                                1,014         611           -403

Rushing touchdowns                  15               8                -7

Yards per carry                              6.5              5.6            -0.9

4+ passing TD games                  1                  5                +4

400+ passing games                    1                  4                +3

3+ total touchdown games      5                  8                +3

400+ total offense games         4                  5                +1

20+ yard completions                 25               44             +19

All purpose Aggies

The Aggies need one all-purpose yard from senior WR Travis Labhart to have seven players with 500 or more all-purpose yards for the first time in school history. Already over 500 for 2013 are Mike Evans, Trey Williams, Ben Malena, Johnny Manziel, Malcome Kennedy and Derel Walker.

500-yard receivers

The Aggies need 58 receiving yards by senior WR Travis Labhart to have four receivers with 500 or more receiving yards on the team for the second time in school history. The 2002 quartet of Jamaar Taylor, Terrence Murphy, Bethel Greg Porter all had 500-plus receiving yards.

Elite balance

Schools with 29 Rush TD / 29 Pass TD

School   rush TD Pass TD

Florida State       33           29

Ohio State           32           31

Texas A&M         29           34

Fast learners

While most of the attention goes to veteran receivers like Mike Evans and Malcome Kennedy, first-year players have combined to contribute 40 catches for 470 yards and five receiving touchdowns in 2013.

“Fast start”-ers

One of the opening periods of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s practices is called “fast start.” Occurring just after warmups, “fast start” features several live-action 11-on-11 series just like a game situation. He started implementing the period when his teams at the University of Houston were getting off to slow starts.

•     Texas A&M has scored nine or more points in the first quarter of nine consecutive games. In 23 games under Sumlin, the Aggies have scored at least 14 first-quarter points 14 times.

•     Texas A&M has scored first in 22 of 23 games under Kevin Sumlin. The only game when the Aggies didn’t score first was the 2013 season opener against Rice.

•     On opening offensive series under Sumlin, the Aggies have scored 18 of 23 times with an impressive 17 touchdowns.

•     In first quarters under Sumlin (23 games), the Aggies have outscored their opponents 291-106 or an average of 12.7-4.6.

•     Mark Snyder’s Aggie defense has forced a punt, turnover or turnover on downs on 16 of 23 opening series.

•     A&M has yielded a touchdown on an opponents’ first chance with the ball after halftime just once this season (SHSU), while the Aggie defense has notched a defensive score twice.

 

Mike Evans

6-5 + 225 + So-1L + Galveston, Texas (Ball)

 

CATEGORY                                                SEC             FBS

Receiving Yards/G           126.3           #1               #2

Receiving TDs                    12                 #1               #4

30-Yard Catches                16                 #1               #1

40-Yard Catches                8                    #1               #1t

Noting Mike Evans

•     Sophomore WR Mike Evans has two of the SEC’s top five receiving games -- 287 vs. Auburn, 2013 and 279 vs. Alabama, 2013. He is the only SEC receiver with multiple 225-yard plus receiving games.

•     Evans had 279 receiving yards vs. Alabama. Throwing out A&M, the next highest receiving yards total AS A TEAM against the Tide is 241 by LSU.

•     Evans’ mammoth 279-yard effort against the Crimson Tide shattered Ken “Dude” McLean’s school record of 250 receiving yards (13 catches) against Texas in 1965.

•     Against teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25, Evans leads the FBS with a 612 total yards, five TDs and a per game average of 204.0.

•     Evans’ 95-yard catch against Alabama was the second-longest catch in school history and the seventh-longest in SEC history.

•     Evans is one of only six receivers in FBS to already surpass the 1,000-yard plateau.

•     Evans’ 553 yards on 21 catches (26.3 per catch) in the first quarter in 2013 ranks No. 1 among FBS receivers.

•     He leads the nation in catches of 30+ yards (16) and 40+ yards (8).

•     His 12 receiving TDs leads the SEC and ranks No. 4 in FBS.

•     His four receiving TDs vs. Auburn tied the school record originally set by Ryan Swope against Baylor in 2011.

•     Evans has at least one 20-yard catch in 21-of-23 career games.

SEC’s Top 5 Receiving Games

303         Cobi Hamilton, ARK vs. Rutgers, 2012

293         Josh Reed, LSU vs. Alabama, 2001

287         Mike Evans, A&M vs. Auburn, 2013

281         Jarius Wright, ARK vs. A&M, 2011

279         Mike Evans, A&M vs. Alabama, 2013

FBS Receiving TDs Leaders

15           Davante Adams, Fresno State

14           Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

13           Willie Snead, Ball State

12           Mike Evans, Texas A&M

11           Four players

FBS Receiving Yards Leaders

1,443     Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

1,296     Willie Snead, Ball State

1,263     Mike Evans, Texas A&M

1,204     Allen Robinson, Penn State

1,201     Paul Richardson, Colorado

Most 30-Yard-Plus Catches

16           Mike Evans, Texas A&M

15           Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

14           Antwan Goodley, Baylor

12           Chandler Jones, San Jose State

11           Five players

Yards Per Catch Average

(minimum of 40 catches)

22.4        Antwan Goodley, Baylor

22.2        Mike Evans, Texas A&M

20.6        Odell Beckham, LSU

19.0        Dres Anderson, Utah

18.6        Allen Hurns, Miami (Fla.)

Texas A&M Record Book:

Season Receptions

89           Ryan Swope, 2011

82           Mike Evans, 2012

72           Ryan Swope, 2012

72           Jeff Fuller, 2010

72           Ryan Swope, 2010

Closing in...

57           Mike Evans, 2013

55           Malcome Kennedy, 2013

Season Receiving Yards

1,263     Mike Evans, 2013

1,207     Ryan Swope, 2011

1,105     Mike Evans, 2012

1,066     Jeff Fuller, 2010

913         Ryan Swope, 2012

Season Receiving TDs

12           Mike Evans, 2013

12           Jeff Fuller, 2010

11           Ryan Swope, 2011

8              Four times

Career Receptions

252         Ryan Swope, 2009-12

233         Jeff Fuller, 2008-11

172         Terrence Murphy, 2001-04

152         Uzoma Nwachukwu, 2009-12

139         Mike Evans, 2012-

Career Receiving Yards

3,117     Ryan Swope, 2009-12

3,092     Jeff Fuller, 2008-11

2,600     Terrence Murphy, 2001-04

2,368     Mike Evans, 2012-

2,239     Uzoma Nwachukwu, 2009-12

Career Receiving TDs

34           Jeff Fuller, 2008-11

24           Ryan Swope, 2009-12

19           Uzoma Nwachukwu, 2009-12

19           Bob Long, 1966-68

17           Mike Evans, 2012-

Johnny Manziel

6-1 + 210 + So-1L + Kerrville, Texas (Tivy)

 

CATEGORY                                                  SEC     FBS

Total Offense                        3,923         #1       #1

Pass Efficiency                       186.86       #1       #3

Pts. Responsibility/G          23.4            #1       #1

Completion Pct.                    .730            #1       #1

Noting Johnny Manziel

•     Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel has five career games with more than 500 total yards. The rest of the SEC has nine.

•     Manziel is one of four players in FBS averaging 10-plus yards per pass attempt.

•     Manziel has generated 300-plus total yards in 19 straight starts. He’s rushed or passed for two or more TDs in 16 straight games.

•     When the Aggies are trailing by 1-7 points in 2013, Manziel’s completion percentage bulges to 84.6 percent.

•     Manziel has rushed for 100 yards and passed for 200 yards in a game eight times in his career. He’s had four 100/300 games.

•     According to ESPN Stats & Info, Manziel has 11 career games with at least 200 passing yards, one passing TD and one rushing TD, which is the most by any player in FBS since the beginning of 2012.

SEC’s Top 5 Total O Games

576         Johnny Manziel, A&M vs. LTech, 2012

562         Johnny Manziel, A&M vs. Bama, 2013

557         Johnny Manziel, A&M vs. ARK, 2012

540         Archie Manning, UM vs. Bama, 1969

540         Rohan Davey, LSU vs. Bama, 2001

FBS 4th Q Completion %

(minimum of 30 attempts)

83.0        Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

77.9        Shane Carden, East Carolina

75.8        Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

74.1        Brendon Kay, Cincinnati

73.3        Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech

FBS 4th Q Pass Rating

(minimum of 30 attempts)

226.45   Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

202.56   Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

202.54   Joe Licata, Buffalo

179.69   Austyn Carta-Samuels, Vanderbilt

178.21   Zach Mettenberger, LSU

FBS 3rd Down Completion %

75.0        Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

73.6        Chuckie Keeton, Utah State

71.8        Cody Fajardo, Nevada

69.9        Shane Carden, East Carolina

68.9        Jameis Winston, Florida State

FBS 3rd Down Pass Rating

219.00   Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

200.53   Bryce Petty, Baylor

192.49   Zach Mettenberger, LSU

190.38   Jameis Winston, Florida State

188.69   Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

FBS Completion %

(minimum of 250 attempts)

73.0        Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

72.5        Shane Carden, East Carolina

72.5        Brendon Kay, Cincinnati

69.          Derek Carr, Fresno State

68.9        Adam Kennedy, Arkansas State

FBS Pass Efficiency

206.23   Bryce Petty, Baylor

195.48   Jameis Winston, Florida State

186.86   Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

177.42   Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

176.60   Zach Mettenberger, LSU

FBS Pass Touchdowns

33           Sean Mannion, Oregon State

32           Derek Carr, Fresno State

31           Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

29           Shane Carden, East Carolina

28           Two Players

FBS Total Offense

3,924     Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

3,677     Sean Mannion, Oregon State

3,651     Garrett Gilbert, SMU

3,533     Keith Wenning, Ball State

3,499     Derek Carr, Fresno State

FBS Pts. Responsible For

234         Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

216         Shane Carden, East Carolina

216         Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

204         Derek Carr, Fresno State

204         Marcus Mariota, Oregon

204         Bryce Petty, Baylor

Johnny 500

500-Yard Total Offense Games (SEC history)

Johnny Manziel, A&M             576 vs. LTech, 2012

Johnny Manziel, A&M             562 vs. Ala., 2013

Johnny Manziel, A&M             557 vs. Ark., 2012

Archie Manning, UM                540 vs. Ala., 1969

Rohan Davey, LSU                     540 vs. Ala., 2001

Tim Tebow, UF                            533 vs. Cinci., 2009

Eric Zeier, UGa.                           527 vs. USM, 1993

Jared Lorenzen, UK                   525 vs. UGa., 2000

Whit Taylor, Vandy                    521 vs. UT, 1981

Chris Nickson, Vandy                517 vs. UK, 2006

Johnny Manziel, A&M             516 vs. OU, 2012

Steve Taneyhill, USC                 512 vs. MSU, 1995

Peyton Manning, UT.               508 vs. UK, 1997

Johnny Manziel, A&M             502 vs. AU, 2013

First Sophomore to 2,000 Rush / 7000 Pass

Aggie QB Johnny Manziel reached the 2,000 rushing yards/7,000 passing yards in his 23 career game to become the first FBS player to hit 2,000/7,000 in his first two seasons of action. He is the 14th player in FBS to reach the elite level.

NCAA FBS players with 2,000 rushing/7,000 passing

Player, School                                                  Years                     Rushing      Passing

Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan              2006-09                2,948           12,905

Robert Griffin III, Baylor                              2008-11                2,254           10,366

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada                          2007-10                4,112           10,098

Tim Tebow, Florida                                        2006-09                2,947           9,285

Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois        2008-11                2,983           8,944

Brad Smith, Missouri                                    2002-05                4,289           8,799

Matt Grothe, South Florida                       2006-09                2,206           8,669

B.J. Daniels, South Florida                          2008-12                2,068           8,433

Juice Williams, Illinois                                   2006-09                2,557           8,037

Antwaan Randle El, Indiana                       1998-2001            3,895           7,469

Joshua Cribbs, Kent St.                                2001-04                3,670           7,169

Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech                         2007-10                2,196           7,017

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska                         2010-present     2,975           7,258

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M                     2012-present     2,021           7,019

Road Warriors

•   Texas A&M matched a school record with its 10th straight road victory against Ole Miss. The last loss for the Aggies on the road was a 53-50 overtime loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Nov. 12, 2011. The Aggies’ other 10-game road winning streak was in 1939-40.

•   Kevin Sumlin’s personal “away from home” winning streak stands at 15 games.

Road Winning Streak

2011

vs.    Northwestern             W, 33-22

          (Reliant Stadium, Houston)

2012

at      SMU                                W, 48-3

at      Ole Miss                         W, 30-27

at      Louisiana Tech             W, 59-57

          (Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.)

at      Auburn                           W, 63-21

at      (#17) Mississippi State         W, 38-13

at      (#1) Alabama               W, 29-24

vs.    (#12) Oklahoma          W, 41-13

          (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)

2013

at      Arkansas                        W, 45-33

at      Ole Miss                         W, 41-38

Remember November

Texas A&M has won six straight games in the month of November, and hasn’t lost in November in the Kevin Sumlin era. The Aggies’ last loss in November was a 27-25 loss to Texas on Nov. 24, 2011.

40-point streak

The Aggies have scored 40 or more points in 13 straight games dating back to 2012, which is the longest streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.

2012 Season

Sam Houston State         W, 47-28

Missouri               W, 59-29

vs. Oklahoma     W, 41-13

 

2013 Season

Rice        W, 52-31

Sam Houston State         W, 65-28

Alabama              L, 49-42

SMU      W, 42-13

at Arkansas         W, 45-33

at Ole Miss          W, 41-38

Auburn L, 45-41

Vanderbilt           W, 56-24

UTEP     W, 57-7

Mississippi State               W, 51-41

400-Yard streak

The Aggies gained 537 yards against Mississippi State two weeks ago, which marked the 22nd straight game that the offense has surpassed the 400-yard plateau and is easily the longest streak in school history, as well as the second-longest in the NCAA FBS.

•             Since head coach Kevin Sumlin’s arrival in College Station, the Aggies have surpassed 400 in 22-of-23 games.

500-Yard streak

The Aggies have gained 500 or more yards in nine straight games, which is longest streak in the FBS. A&M has hit 500 total yards 17 times in 23 games under Kevin Sumlin.

Texas A&M in the rankings

The Texas A&M football team was ranked No. 12 in the fifth edition of the Bowl Championship Series standings on Sunday. The 8-2 Aggies were one of seven Southeastern Conference school including in the BCS standings, joining No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 8 Missouri, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 22 LSU and No. 24 Ole Miss. The Aggies have already faced the Crimson Tide, Ole Miss and Auburn, with Missouri and LSU left on their schedule.

•     The Aggies entered the 2013 season with a top 10 preseason ranking in The Associated Press poll for the 13th time in school history. The Aggies were No. 7 in the AP poll, and No. 6 in the USA Today coaches poll. 

•     It was the highest AP preseason rank since starting No. 7 in 1999, and the No. 6 ranking by the coaches was the highest since bing ranked No. 6 in the 1995 poll.

•     With this week’s No. 9 AP/No. 10 USA Today ranking, the Aggies have been ranked in 23 straight editions of the polls.

•     Texas A&M finished 2012 ranked No. 5 in both the media and coaches polls. It was A&M’s highest final rank since 1956.

Aggies in the Rankings (2013 week by week)

Poll                 PrE   S3     S8     S15   S22   S29     O6    O13    O20    O27  N3    N10    N17    N24      D1     Final

AP                  #7     #7     #6     #10   #10   #9       #9     #7       #14     #12   #11   #10     #9

USA Today  #6     #7     #6     #9     #9     #9       #9     #7       #15     #14   #13   #11     #10

BCS                --       --       --       --       --       --         --       --         #16     #12   #15   #11     #12

Red Zone Travels

Texas A&M ranks among the NCAA FBS leaders in red zone chances, scores, total touchdowns and red zone rushing TDs.

FBS Red Zone Chances

Rk     School                         RZ Chances

1.      Texas A&M               67

2.      Texas Tech                64

3.      Oregon                       60

4.      East Carolina            59

5.      Arizona State           58

FBS Red Zone Scores

Rk     School                         RZ Scores

1.      Texas Tech                56

          Texas A&M               55

          Florida State             55

4.      Arizona State           53

5.      Two teams                51

FBS Red Zone Total TDs

Rk     School                         RZ TD

1.      Texas A&M               49

2.      Florida State             44

3.      Ohio State                 42

          Oregon                       42

5.      Two teams                40

FBS Red Zone Rushing TDs

Rk     School                         RZ Rush TD

1.      Navy                            32

2.      Baylor                         31

3.      Texas A&M               28

          Auburn                       28

          New Mexico            28

          Florida State             28

Youth Movement

•     The Aggies have used 17 true freshmen, four redshirt freshman, two four-year transfers and two junior college transfers for a total of 25 players that have made their maroon and white playing debuts in 2013.

•     Since 1972, the Aggies have awarded varsity letters to 10 or more true freshman in a season only a handful of times: 18 in 2009, 16 in 1980, 11 in 1973 and 10 in 1972 and 2008.

•     Kevin Sumlin’s 2013 signing class included a whopping 31 players.

Notes and Trends

•     Nineteen players have grabbed at least one catch in 2013. From that group, only five are seniors.

•     Seven players have at least 10 catches.

•     Junior WR Malcome Kennedy needs eight catches for 100 in his career

•     The Aggies will have four receivers with 30-plus catches in 2013.

•     The Aggie defense has 15 interceptions in 2013, including three “pick-six” INTs.

•     Ten Aggies combine for the 14 interceptions. Those 10 players combined for just three pickoffs prior to 2013.

•     Sophomore punter Drew Kaser has put 13 of 31 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Only twice in 2013 has he averaged less than 40 yards in a game. In both instances, Kaser had just one punt attempt and he put it inside the opponent 20.

Maroon Goons clear the way

Paving the way for the Aggies’ offense is one of the biggest offensive fronts in school history, which features a pair of tackles that have been projected to be NFL first-round draft picks in the future. The projected starting five, self-titled the “Maroon Goons,” of senior All-American Jake Matthews (OT), juniors Cedric Ogbuehi (OT) and Jarvis Harrison (OG), sophomore Mike Matthews (C) and redshirt freshman Germain Ifedi (OG) weigh in at 1,526 pounds or 305.2 per goon.

Matthews shifted from right tackle to left tackle to replace Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, while Ogbuehi moved from guard to right tackle.

Here’s the Beef

Lineman                                 Ht           WT           Career starts

LT      Jake Matthews         6-5          305           43 (43 consecutive)

LG     Jarvis Harrison           6-3          325           28 (24 consecutive)

C       Mike Matthews        6-2          285           9 (9 consecutive)

RG    Germain Ifedi            6-5          311           9 (9 consecutive)

RT     Cedric Ogbuehi         6-5          295           27 (1 consecutive)

Matthews ranks among elite

•     Returning All-America offensive tackle Jake Matthews was listed No. 1 on the top 100 college seniors list compiled by NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt.

•     On a pair of 2014 NFL mock drafts, Matthews was projected to be selected fifth overall (first offensive lineman) to the Arizona Cardinals.

•     On Sports Illustrated NFL Draft analyst Chris Burke’s Big Board, Matthews was ranked No. 3, and he was joined by teammates Mike Evans (No. 14) and Johnny Manziel (No. 37).

Midseason honors

•     Sports Illustrated named three Aggies to its Midseason All-America team -- sophomore WR Mike Evans and senior OT Jake Matthews to the first team and sophomore QB Johnny Manziel on the second team.

•     Phil Steele named six Aggies to his Midseason All-SEC team. On the first team were Manziel, Evans and Matthews. Sophomore punter Drew Kaser was named to the second team. Junior OG Jarvis Harrison was named to the third team.

Sumlin Coaching Tree

Kevin Sumlin served as an assistant coach under under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M, Joe Tiller at Purdue and Wyoming, Jim Wacker and Glen Mason at Minnesota and Mike Price at Washington State.

Since becoming a head coach in 2008, four of his assistant coach hires have joined the head coaching ranks: Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia, Tony Levine at Houston, Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and Brian Polian at Nevada.

Sumlin vs. Top 25

In his sixth season as a head coach, second -year Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin has a career record of 7-5 against ranked teams (in the Associated Press poll).

Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Texas A&M)

Opponent, Year                      AP rank          Result

Florida, 2012                             No. 24             L, 20-17

vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012      No. 22             W, 59-57

LSU, 2012                                   No. 6               L, 24-19

at Mississippi State, 2012    No. 17             W, 38-13

at Alabama, 2012                    No. 1               W, 29-24

vs. *Oklahoma, 2013            No. 11             W, 41-13

Alabama, 2013                         No. 1               L, 49-42

Auburn, 2013                           No. 24             L, 45-41

Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Houston)

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

Honoring Polo

The Texas A&M football team will honor the memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu with a helmet sticker that reflects his Tongan heritage. The Aggies will wear the circular decal with Manukainiu’s #90 jersey and his first name on it. Inset in the jersey number will be a Tongan-inspired design. The Aggies will wear the decal throughout the 2013 season.

Texas A&M equipment manager Matt Watson said, “We wanted to come up with a tribute to Polo as a player, but also reflect a bit of his personality as well.  After talking with several of his friends and family it was evident how much Polo’s Tongan heritage meant to him.  After trying to incorporate partial elements of Polo’s actual Tongan Tribal arm tattoos we came up with this design that hopefully his family, friends, and teammates will deem a fitting and personal reflection to who he was both on and off the playing field.”

Manukainiu, from Euless, Texas, died along with two other passengers in a tragic automobile accident on July 29, 2013.

One Texas A&M player will wear Polo’s #90 jersey in every game in 2012.

Rice                            DT Alonzo Williams

SHSU                         DE Tyrell Taylor

Alabama                  DT Kirby Ennis

SMU                          DE Julien Obioha

Arkansas                  DE Gavin Stansbury

Ole Miss                   DT Ivan Robison

Auburn                     DL Jay Arnold

Vanderbilt               DT Isaiah Golden

UTEP                         DE Tyrone Thomas

Mississippi St.        DT Hardreck Walker

2013 STANDINGS

Eastern

Team                             All             SEC

Missouri                       9-1            5-1

South Carolina           8-2            6-2

Georgia                        6-4            4-3

Vanderbilt                   6-4            3-4

Florida                          4-6            3-5

Tennessee                  4-6            1-5

Kentucky                     2-8            0-6

Western

Team                             All             SEC

Alabama                      10-0         7-0

Auburn                         10-1         6-1

Texas A&M                 8-2            4-2

LSU                                7-3            3-3

Ole Miss                       7-3            3-3

Mississippi State       4-6            1-5

Arkansas                      3-7            0-6

This Week’s SEC Games

(All Times Central)

GAMES OF SATURDAY, NOV. 23

Mississippi State (4-6, 1-5 SEC) at Arkansas (3-7, 0-6 SEC)

11:21 a.m. CT • SEC TV

Little Rock, Ark. • War Memorial Stadium (53,955)

Coastal Carolina (10-1) at South Carolina (8-2, 6-2 SEC)

1 p.m. ET • PPV / ESPN3

Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

Chattanooga (8-3) at Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC)

1 p.m. CT • PPV \ ESPN3

Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)

Georgia Southern (6-4) at Florida (4-6, 3-5 SEC)

2 p.m. ET • PPV / ESPN3

Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (80,250)

Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2 SEC) at LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC)

2:30 p.m. CT • CBS

Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,400)

Kentucky (2-8, 0-6 SEC) at Georgia (6-4, 4-3 SEC)

7 p.m. ET • ESPNU

Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Vanderbilt (6-4, 3-4 SEC) at Tennessee (4-6, 1-5 SEC)

7 p.m. ET • ESPN2

Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (102,455)

Missouri (9-1, 5-1 SEC) at Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3 SEC)

6:45 p.m. CT • ESPN

Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)

OPEN: Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC).

Top 25 Polls (Nov. 18, 2013)

BCS Standings

      RK     TEAM                            Record        Pvs

      1        Alabama                      0.9914         1

      2        Florida State               0.9661         2

      3        Ohio State                   0.8869         3

      4        Baylor                           0.8856         5

      5        Oregon                         0.7917         6

      6        Auburn                         0.786           7

      7        Clemson                      0.7681         8

      8        Missouri                       0.7231         9

      9        Stanford                      0.6238         4

      10     Oklahoma State        0.589           12

      11     South Carolina           0.5883         10

      12     Texas A&M                 0.5394         11

      13     Michigan State          0.4646         16

      14     UCLA                             0.4615         13

      15     Fresno State              0.4134         14

      16     Northern Illinois       0.3729         15

      17     Arizona State             0.3414         19

      18     UCF                                0.3033         17

      19     Wisconsin                    0.2907         22

      20     Oklahoma                   0.276           18

      21     Louisville                      0.2664         20

      22     LSU                                0.2645         21

      23     USC                                0.107           NR

      24     Ole Miss                       0.1048         NR

      25     Minnesota                  0.0604         NR

Associated Press Top 25

      RK     TEAM                            RECORD     PTS

      1        Alabama (55)             10-0             1495

      2        Florida State (5)        10-0             1445

      3        Baylor                           9-0                1351

      4        Ohio State                   10-0             1343

      5        Oregon                         9-1                1210

      6        Auburn                         10-1             1205

      7        Clemson                      9-1                1115

      8        Missouri                       9-1                1067

      9        Texas A&M                 8-2                956

      10     Stanford                      8-2                899

      11     Oklahoma State        9-1                889

      12     South Carolina           8-2                870

      13     Michigan State          9-1                749

      14     UCLA                             8-2                710

      15     Fresno State              9-0                572

      16     Wisconsin                    8-2                559

      17     UCF                                8-1                535

      18     LSU                                7-3                439

      19     Arizona State             8-2                430

      20     Northern Illinois       10-0             426

      21     Louisville                      9-1                412

      22     Oklahoma                   8-2                318

      23     USC                                8-3                187

      24     Ole Miss                       7-3                119

      25     Duke                             8-2                94

Dropped from rankings: Texas 23, Miami (FL) 24, Georgia 25

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Cincinnati 1, Nebraska 1

USA Today Poll

      RK     TEAM                            RECORD     PTS

      1        Alabama (56)             10-0             1544

      2        Florida State (6)        10-0             1487

      3        Ohio State                   10-0             1404

      4        Baylor                           9-0                1386

      5        Oregon                         9-1                1231

      6        Clemson                      9-1                1217

      7        Auburn                         10-1             1145

      8        Missouri                       9-1                1129

      9        Oklahoma State        9-1                1030

      10     Texas A&M                 8-2                928

      11     South Carolina           8-2                882

      12     Stanford                      8-2                865

      13     Michigan State          9-1                729

      14     UCLA                             8-2                700

      15     Louisville                      9-1                627

      16     Fresno State              9-0                622

      17     Wisconsin                    8-2                511

      18     Oklahoma                   8-2                502

      19     LSU                                7-3                478

      20     UCF                                8-1                446

      21     Northern Illinois       10-0             418

      22     Arizona State             8-2                352

      23     Minnesota                  8-2                173

      24     Duke                             8-2                131

      25     USC                                8-3                115

Dropped from rankings: Miami (FL) 23, Texas 24

Others receiving votes: Ole Miss 35, Cincinnati 23, Texas 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Miami (FL) 5, Ball State 4, Toledo 1, Nebraska 1, East Carolina 1, Georgia 1

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