Lost in all the Johnny Manziel hoopla is the fact that the Texas A&M Aggies will also lose wide receiver Mike Evans.
And believe it or not, that could be the biggest hole the squad has to fill heading into the 2014 season.
Over two years in College Station, Evans hauled in 151 passes for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns. Not surprisingly, his play earned him consensus All-American honors in 2013.
Now, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin will need to find the next playmaker in the passing game.
Fortunately, he has several options in tow that just might fit the bill.
Whoever steps under center for the Aggies next season will most likely seek out a veteran presence to rely on.
Out of the four receivers on the team that topped 300 receiving yards and caught at least two touchdowns, Kennedy is the only one that returns. That means the soon-to-be senior will be the go-to guy for Texas A&M’s new quarterback.
In 13 games last season, Kennedy caught 60 passes for 658 yards, finding the end zone seven times. Although he never once topped the century mark, Kennedy was consistent, catching at least four balls in all but three games.
The Cayuga, Texas, native won’t be as explosive or dynamic as Evans was, but when the quarterback is looking for someone to count on in crucial situations, Kennedy is that guy.
A freshman season filled with high expectations was cut short when it was announced that Seals-Jones would undergo surgery only three games into the season.
The Sealy, Texas, native injured his knee during the Aggies’ season-opener. Ironically, he suffered the injury on the tail-end of a stellar 71-yard catch-and-run touchdown after he let up before crossing the end zone.
Consider it a lesson learned for the youngster.
A 5-star prospect in the class of 2013, Seals-Jones has all the talent and ability to excel at the collegiate level. He has the size—6’5” and 230 pounds—and athleticism that makes him a home-run threat every time he’s on the field.
It might take a couple games, but when the season is all said and done, look for Seals-Jones to check in as Texas A&M’s leading receiver.
The fact that Noil is on here having played his entire football career as a quarterback only goes to show his talent.
Although he may just be a little under 5’11”, the New Orleans, La., native certainly packs a punch. A 5-star prospect and the No. 1 wide receiver in the class of 2014, Noil has the breakaway speed—he runs a 4.40 40—and has the agility and change of direction that makes him a player to watch whenever he touches the ball.
With no experience route running, Noil should be very raw in his first year or two at College Station. However, look for Sumlin to get the football into Noil’s hands as much as he can.
If that means utilizing him in special teams or in gimmick plays, so be it.