Texas A&M Football: 4 Aggies Primed for Breakout Seasons
The Texas A&M football team enters the 2014 seasons as an afterthought in the SEC West race. If the Aggies want to compete for the SEC title in 2014, then they are going to need a number of players to have stellar seasons.
Fortunately for Texas A&M fans, they have a number of players who are poised to do just that. The 2013 season was a disappointment, as injuries and inexperience caused the Aggies to finish with a 9-4 record. The team will benefit from going through those youthful growing pains in 2014 as they return a more experienced team.
Some of the freshmen who were thrown into the fire in 2013 will make an impact on the 2014 squad. There are a couple members of the 2014 recruiting class who will play large roles on this team.
This is a look at some of the players who are going to have breakout seasons for Texas A&M in 2014.
DE Daeshon Hall
Daeshon Hall is a true sophomore who should have redshirted in 2013. Instead, the 6'6" athlete played weak-side defensive end at a rail thin 243 pounds.
Despite surgeries on both of his shoulders this offseason, he has been able to add some good weight and is up to 260 pounds, per the Aggie Sports Twitter account. Hall will be able to use the extra muscle to hold the edge against the bigger left tackles in the SEC.
As a true freshman, Hall accumulated 29 tackles with three tackles for loss and an interception. With the added strength and weight, Aggie fans should not be surprised to see those numbers double in 2014.
Hall is one of the few defensive linemen on campus who has natural pass-rush ability. Expect him to get four to six sacks in 2014 and earn All-Conference consideration.
RB Tra Carson
Tra Carson should be the Aggies starting running back in 2014. Ben Malena graduated, and Carson offers the coaches the best combination of a runner, pass-catcher and blocker than any other back on the roster.
Carson rushed for 340 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. He should surpass 800 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.
The Aggies will lean on their running backs more as they try to break in a new quarterback. Carson should see his workload increase from the 62 carries he had in 2013 to around 150 carries in 2014.
The 6'0", 230-pound junior will add a power option to the Aggies running game. He was a complimentary back at Oregon in 2011 and then at A&M in 2013. The 2014 season should be Carson's time to shine.
WR Speedy Noil
Speedy Noil is a 5'11", 193-pound wide receiver from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. He was ranked as the No. 1 receiver in the nation by 247Sports.
There's a good chance Noil will start at slot receiver as a true freshman in 2014. He possesses the speed and the elusiveness after the catch to lead the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards.
Noil is also a threat on special teams. His ability to make people miss makes him a huge asset in the return game. Noil will be a threat to lead the Aggies in multiple categories on offense and special teams in 2014.
OLB Shaan Washington
Shaan Washington is a 6'3", 230-pound sophomore linebacker for the Aggies. He will start at strong-side linebacker for A&M in 2014.
As a true freshman, Washington registered 26 tackles with four tackles for loss and three sacks. His three sacks tied for the team lead.
Washington is one of the Aggies' bigger linebackers, and he has excellent speed for his size. He showed a natural ability to rush the passer in 2014 and should be effective in that role against in 2014.
Aggie fans should expect Washington to put up around 70 tackles with eight tackles for loss and five or six sacks in 2014. He will be an impact player in the Aggies linebacker corps and will compete for All-SEC honors in 2015.