This article should probably be called ‘5 Texas A&M Players to Know Besides Johnny Manziel' because if you've watched SportsCenter just once in the past year then you know who the Aggie quarterback is. This list was also difficult to choose because it is hard to identify a matchup between SMU and A&M that isn't a mismatch in A&M's favor. But here is the list of five players (besides Johnny Football) that you should know going into this weekend's game.
1. RB Ben Malena- Listed at 5-foot-9, 195-pounds, the senior Malena may not be physically intimidating, but it is hard to ignore his numbers. Malena is the Aggie's leading rusher with 32 carries for 192 yards (an impressive 6 yards per carry average) and three rushing touchdowns. Malena's longest run of the season is 25 yards, meaning his numbers aren't bloated by one long 70-yard run. This consistent running is further complimented by eight receptions for 88 yards and an additional touchdown this season. Considering that Montana State running back Cody Kirk ran for 107 yards against the Mustangs before the bye week, Malena could be in for a big night against the Mustangs this week.
2. LB Steven Jenkins- After being suspended for the first two games of the season for violating team rules, Jenkins returned for the Alabama game and seemed to get in on every play, totaling 13 tackles on the day, a new career high. The senior Jenkins may take chance against a weak opponent in SMU to put up big numbers and gain some attention.
3. WR Mike Evans- Evans broke an Aggie record last week against the vaunted Alabama defense, catching seven balls for a program record 279 yards. This followed up Evans' 155-yard performance against Sam Houston State the week before, which was Evans' previous career high. A lot of praise was sent Evans' way following the Alabama game but not greater from within his own locker room- Johnny Football himself described fellow-sophomore Evans as ‘the best receiver in college football.' Expect for Evans, who already has 518 yards this season, to continue to build on his newfound success this week against SMU.
4. DL Alonzo Williams- Williams could have been replaced by anyone on an Aggies defensive line that must be getting excited watching film of an SMU offensive line that has given up nine sacks in two games this season. Williams is a sophomore who has started at defensive line all three games this season and has recorded 10 tackles and one sack. After a slow week against the Crimson Tide's offensive line, Williams and his fellow linemen could have a field day against SMU on Saturday.
5. WR Malcome Kennedy- Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin made it a goal this offseason to utilize all of his players and have a large arsenal of weapons to use around his Heisman-winning quarterback. Kennedy is a large part of that arsenal. He is the Aggies' second-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 135 yards. He has been productive and reliable for A&M. If SMU tries to pay too close of attention to Evans, Kennedy will be right there to make them pay.
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