Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #16

Aggie Websider takes a look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. No. 16? Senior C Cody Wallace.

Try telling Texas A&M senior center Cody Wallace that players from 3A high schools aren't prepared for Division I college football. Coming out of Cuero High School, he racked up more than 100 pancake blocks in his final two seasons and added another 45 tackles on defense his senior year.

All he's done since arriving at A&M is get better each year, and this season should be no different. The 6-foot-4, 294 pound center is on the Rimington (best college center) and Outland (best interior offensive lineman) watch lists and is picked as an All-American in nearly every preseason publication on the market, and for good reason. Wallace anchors an offensive line that is one of, if not the best line in the nation.

On top of that, he's got one of the most talented running back units in the nation running behind him, which will produce extra highlight film for NFL scouts.

What he's done so far

As a redshirt freshman in 2004, Wallace received limited playing time in just five games, but in 2005, he won the starting job at center and hasn't looked back. He started all 11 games for the Aggies as a sophomore, leading the way for 2,584 yards rushing.

But in 2006, Wallace really began turning heads. Wallace earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from several sources after starting all 12 games for the Aggies at center and was a big reason for the Aggies' 401.4 yards of total offense per game, including a Big 12-high 210.5 rushing yards per game.

Why he's important

Wallace' mobility and aggressiveness make him a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the line and will help the Aggies rushing attack up the middle in 2007—which will make him a good friend of Jorvorskie Lane in particular.

His strength is also key for the Aggies. At this spring's Night of Champions event, Wallace set the A&M record with a squat of 740 pounds. He also tied Michael Bennett for the Iron Man Award (total weight from the squat, bench press and hang clean and dividing by body weight) for the "light linemen" (sub-300 pounds).

Wallace is also a second year member of the Leadership Council and was voted a permanent team captain in 2006. He's someone that A&M players look up to, as well as opposing defensive linemen. If the Aggies are going to have success at running the ball again in 2007, along with providing quarterback Stephen McGee with solid protection, it starts with Wallace, and there's not many who are better at what he does.

2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
17. Matt Szymanski, PK
18. Earvin Taylor, WR
19. Kirk Elder, OL
20. Corey Clark, OL
21. Pierre Brown, WR
22. Chris Yoder, OL
23. Yemi Babalola, OL
24. Kerry Franks, WR/KR
25. Justin Brantly, P

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