Texas A&M Aggies v. University of Auburn Tigers
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Score: Texas A&M (29), Auburn (16)
Notable Prospects Entering the Contest
Texas A&M Offense
Josh Reynolds, WR, Senior, #11: Reynolds finally had a performance worth some of the praise I heaped in his direction over the summer. Reynolds as top target abilities; he showed off strong hands, winning contested catches and versatility in the areas of the field that he attacked the defense in this contest. Reynolds’ deep ball skills are better than he’s recognized for due to a lack of consistency with targets. QB Trevor Knight did an admirable job in putting a deep throw on Reynolds’ hands. Reynolds was productive with nearly every target; converting a number of first downs and creating yardage after the catch with tough runs.
Texas A&M Defense
Myles Garrett, DE, Junior, #15: Garrett has developed into quite the physical freak. Widely heralded as a top prospect since his true freshman season, Garrett continues to leave little to speculation. Garrett’s first step ruined a number of plays for the Tigers when scheme/design designated that he be unblocked on the back side. Garrett was able to get 4-5 yards of depth and get into the mesh point before an exchange was even made. That kind of quick twitch ability at 260+ lbs makes him a special prospect alone. Add in how active Garrett is in his effort and ability at the point of attack and how well he bends to run the edge rush and he has the makings of a franchise caliber player. But none of this is necessarily a surprise, so his stock remains the same.
Daeshon Hall, DE, Senior, #10: Hall is a bit of a forgotten prospect along the front. While he’s somewhat well regarded by a number of colleagues in the draft field; I do not share their enthusiasm. Hall made a few plays in the run game against Auburn, which is somewhat surprising as he is not notably effective at the point of attack. Hall is listed at 6060 and 260 lbs but his frame is still very long and lean, lacking in functional strength. Hall was not especially noticeable throughout the game. If I were higher on him, this would be a stock down performance; but I think this is more in line with his ceiling as a prospect at this junction.
Justin Evans, SAF, Senior, #14: Evans is a fresh name for me; he was a lot of fun to keep track of in this contest. Evans broke out earlier this year with a 2 INT game against UCLA but he was a man possesses coming forward against Auburn. Evans finished with 12 total tackles and several explosive hits in the open field on receivers. Evans has impressive close down ability, allowing him to quickly align his pads and deliver pop with momentum rolling forward. Evans is listed at 6010, 195 lbs and is a JUCO transfer in his final season of eligibility. Further games are needed to determine his capabilities as a zone/back end defender but I was a huge fan of the style of play and physicality he showed in this contest.
Carl Lawson, EDGE, RS Junior, #55: Lawson was shielded a bit throughout the game due to the mobility of Trevor Knight. Lawson spent a lot of time mirroring at the boundary of the pocket to sustain contain and not let plays be extended into the boundary. The quiet play to start the season in the stat sheet is a bit misleading but also frustrating; I would love to see Lawson be let off the chain and go try to make some big plays.
Montravius Adams, DT, Senior, #1: I thought Adams had a nice performance. He’s been a highly regarded player from an upside perspective for several seasons now but has failed to further develop and show consistency in all facets of the game. Adams’ movement skills are a plus trait and he was active along the defensive front for Auburn. Some of Adams’ penetration forced missed plays for Trevor Knight and the Aggie offense; Adams would have had several more big plays with a less mobile target in the backfield. The question now is was this an aberration or is the light finally coming on?
Best Players on the Field:
Myles Garrett, DE; Justin Evans, SAF; Josh Reynolds, WR
Sean White, QB (Auburn)