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2014 Texas A&M Aggies football team

The 2014 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Kevin Sumlin and played their home games at Kyle Field. They were a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Aggies finished the regular season 7–5 over all and 3–5 in SEC play. They were invited to the Liberty Bowl, where they defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers, 45–37. With the victory, the Aggies won four straight bowl games for the first time in program history.

2014 Texas A&M Aggies football
Texas A&M University logo.svg
Liberty Bowl champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2014 record8–5 (3–5 SEC)
Head coachKevin Sumlin (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJake Spavital (2nd season)
Offensive schemeAir raid
Defensive coordinatorMark Snyder (Regular Season; 3rd year)
Mark Hagen (Bowl Game)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumKyle Field
(Capacity: 106,511)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 14 Missouri x   7 1         11 3  
No. 9 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Florida   4 4         7 5  
Tennessee   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 9  
Western Division
No. 4 Alabama x$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 11 Mississippi State   6 2         10 3  
No. 17 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
No. 22 Auburn   4 4         8 5  
LSU   4 4         8 5  
Texas A&M   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         7 6  
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

PreseasonEdit

Recruiting classEdit

In the 2014 recruiting class, Texas A&M signed 22 players (21 not counting late qualifier J.J. Gustafson), 10 of which were included in the ESPN 300. The class was ranked 4th in the nation by ESPN, 6th by Rivals, and 7th nationally by Scout.[1][2][3]

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2014 Texas A&M Aggies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Brandon Williams   Jr
WR 2 Speedy Noil Fr
RB 3 Trey Williams Jr
WR 6 LaQuvionte Gonzalez So
QB 7 Kenny Hill So
WR 9 Ricky Seals-Jones   Fr
QB 10 Kyle Allen Fr
WR 11 Josh Reynolds So
WR 13 Jamal Jeffery Fr
QB 14 Conner McQueen   So
WR 15 Frank Iheanacho Fr
QB 16 Kobe Miller Fr
QB 17 Jordan Traylor   Fr
WR 18 Edward Pope   So
WR 19 Jeremy Tabuyo So
RB 20 James White   Fr
RB 21 Tra Carson   Jr
WR 23 Sabian Holmes Jr
RB 26 Chance Gray So
RB 27 Brice Dolezal Jr
RB 34 Blaine Townsend Jr
RB 37 Kameron Yellin So
TE 41 Brandon Alexander   Jr
WR 42 Josch Motley   Fr
OL 47 Caden Smith   Jr
WR 48 Dreagan Patterson So
OL 50 Tank Davis Fr
OL 51 Jarvis Harrison   Sr
OL 56 Mike Matthews Jr
OL 61 Braden Meador   So
OL 62 Chad Loitz   Fr
OL 63 Ryan Lindblade So
OL 64 Trey Parker   Fr
OL 65 Avery Gennesy Jr
OL 67 Tyler Godwin   So
OL 68 Ben Compton Sr
OL 70 Cedric Ogbuehi   Sr
OL 71 Kimo Tipoti   So
OL 72 Jermaine Eluemunor Jr
OL 73 Jeremiah Stuckey   So
OL 74 Germain Ifedi   So
OL 75 Koda Martin Fr
OL 76 Zach Ledwik Fr
OL 77 J.J. Gustafson Fr
OL 78 Garrett Gramling   Sr
OL 79 Joseph Cheek   Jr
WR 80 Kyrion Parker   Fr
WR 81 Jalyn Judkins   Fr
WR 82 Boone Niederhofer   So
WR 83 Kyle Whitley Fr
WR 84 Malcome Kennedy   Sr
TE 85 Cameron Clear Sr
TE 86 David Darley   Fr
WR 88 Bryce Reeves Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 De'Vante Harris Jr
LB 3 Tommy Sanders Sr
DB 4 Noel Ellis So
DB 5 Floyd Raven Sr. Sr
LB 7 Jordan Mastrogiovanni So
DB 8 Nick Harvey Fr
DL 9 Qualen Cunningham Fr
DL 10 Daeshon Hall So
DB 12 Sam Moeller   Jr
LB 13 Reggie Chevis   Fr
LB 14 Josh Walker Fr
DL 15 Myles Garrett Fr
LB 16 Donnie Baggs Sr
DB 17 Alex Sezer Jr. So
DB 18 Donovan Wilson Fr
DB 22 Tavares Garner So
DB 23 Armani Watts Fr
DB 25 Clay Honeycutt   Sr
DB 26 Devonta Burns   Jr
DB 27 Shane Huhn   So
DB 28 Victor Davis   Fr
DB 29 Deshazor Everett Sr
DB 31 Howard Matthews Sr
LB 32 Kevin Wilson   Jr
LB 33 Shaan Washington So
LB 35 Tyrell Taylor Sr
DB 36 Jonathan Wiggins So
DL 40 Jarrett Johnson Fr
LB 42 Otaro Alaka Fr
LB 43 Justin Bass Sr
LB 45 Cullen Gillaspia Fr
LB 46 A.J. Hilliard     So
LB 49 Taylor Martinez   So
LB 50 Tyrone Taylor   So
LB 52 Brett Wade   Fr
DL 54 Jake Blount   So
DL 55 Justin Manning   Fr
LB 57 Alvin Munrose   So
LB 58 Cameron Smith   Jr
DL 59 Isaac Flores So
DL 67 Tyler Godwin   So
DL 83 Alonzo Williams Jr
DL 89 Ivan Robinson   Sr
DL 90 Deshawn Washington Fr
DL 92 Zaycoven Henderson Fr
DL 94 Tanner Schorp   Fr
DL 95 Julien Obioha Jr
DL 96 Jay Arnold So
DL 97 Darrell Jackson   Fr
DL 98 Hardreck Walker So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 24 Taylor Bertolet   Jr
PK 30 Dillon Moore   Fr
DS 37 Jordan Frese Fr
P 38 Drew Kaser Jr
DS 39 Daniel Havens   Fr
P 46 Shane Tripucka   Fr
PK 49 Josh Lambo   Jr
DS 54 Alex Freeman Sr
PK 97 Cody Wicker   Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: July 28, 2014

Returning startersEdit

Depth chartEdit

  • Source:[4]
  • Bold denotes a starter from the previous year

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 285:00 p.m.at No. 9 South CarolinaNo. 21SECNW 52–2882,847
September 66:30 p.m.Lamar*No. 9SECNW 73–3104,728
September 138:00 p.m.Rice*No. 7
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPN2W 38–10103,867
September 202:30 p.m.at SMU*No. 6ABC/ESPN2W 58–634,820
September 272:30 p.m.vs. ArkansasNo. 6CBSW 35–28 OT68,113
October 411:00 a.m.at No. 12 Mississippi StateNo. 6ESPNL 31–4861,133
October 118:00 p.m.No. 3 Ole MissNo. 14
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPNL 20–35110,633‡
October 182:30 p.m.at No. 7 AlabamaNo. 21CBSL 0–59101,821
November 111:00 a.m.Louisiana–Monroe*No. 24
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNW 21–16100,922
November 82:30 p.m.at No. 3 AuburnNo. 24CBSW 41–3887,451
November 156:30 p.m.MissouriNo. 22
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNL 27–34104,756
November 276:30 p.m.LSU
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX (rivalry)
ESPNL 17–23105,829
December 291:00 p.m.vs. West Virginia*ESPNW 45–3751,282
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[5]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Season at
Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin Head coach 3rd
Mark Snyder Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach 3rd
Terry Joseph Defensive backs coach 1st
Terry Price Defensive line coach 3rd
Mark Hagen Linebackers coach 2nd
Jake Spavital Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach 2nd
Clarence McKinney Running backs coach 3rd
David Beaty Wide receivers coach 3rd
B.J. Anderson Offensive line coach 3rd
Jeff Banks Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach 2nd
Larry Jackson Director of football sports performance 3rd
Reference:[6]

Game summariesEdit

  • ‡ New Kyle Field Attendance Record

No. 9 South CarolinaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies vs No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#21 Texas A&M 10 21 14752
#9 South Carolina 7 7 14028

at Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC

Game information

Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's record for passing yards in a single game with 511, and also threw for 3 touchdowns. Tra Carson averaged a little more than 4 yards a carry (4.3) on 7 rushes for 30 yards and 3 touchdowns. Their performances helped the Aggies score on 8 of 12 possessions while compiling 680 yards of total offense over 37:28 minutes of possession. An important factor in the game was 3rd and 4th down efficiency. The Aggies converted 12 of 19 attempts on third down (63%) while going 2/2 on 4th down. The Gamecocks went only 2/9 on 3rd down (22%) and 0/1 on 4th down.

Texas A&M received the ball to open the game, with Trey Williams returning the kick to the 32-yard line. After several plays, including a pair of swing passes to RB Brandon Williams, a third-down conversion pass to TE Cameron Clear, and a 22-yard pass to WR Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M was set up on the South Carolina 1-yard line, where Aggie RB Tra Carson ran the ball in to give the Aggies the first TD of the game with 11:27 on the clock. The Gamecocks' ensuring drive gained just 15 yards (14 of which was penalty yardage) before ending in a punt to the Aggies. A&M found more offensive success on their drive, including 19-yard and 18-yard passes to Josh Reynolds and Sabian Holmes respectively. However, they could not convert a 3rd and 3 at South Carolina's 15 yard line, and settled for the 33-yard field goal by Josh Lambo, extending the Aggies' lead to 10-0. However, South Carolina soon answered the points, with a 3rd-and-4, 69-yard pass to WR Nick Jones for a TD, which cut A&M's lead to 3. The Aggies' following drive led to a punt, and the Gamecocks would gain 22 yards on their next drive before the end of the 1st quarter, with the score still 10-7 Texas A&M.

South Carolina maintained possession to open the second quarter, but after a sack by LB A.J. Hilliard for −2 yards on third down, the Aggies got the ball back. Their possession had several explosive plays, including an 11-yard run by Trey Williams, a 21-yard pass to Ricky Seals-Jones, and a 15-yard pass to Edward Pope before being capped off by a 3-yard pass to Ricky Seals-Jones for the TD, making the score 17-7. The Gamecocks answered this score too, on a long 46-yard pass to Damiere Byrd for a touchdown, cutting the game to 17–14. Texas A&M’s offense proved difficult to stop, however, and their next possession contained more big-yardage plays, including a 19-yard pass to Ricky Seals-Jones, a 16-yard pass to RB Tra Carson, and the 14-yard pass to Edward Pope for the touchdown. South Carolina could not answer that score, giving the ball back to A&M with 3:35 to go in the half. Spurred on by a 21-yard pass to senior WR Malcome Kennedy, the Aggies made a quick 2 minute, 19 second drive for another TD by Tra Carson, putting the game at 31-14. South Carolina’s final drive of the half was highlighted by two big defensive plays from A&M. The first was a big hit from freshman safety Armani Watts to dislodge a touchdown pass on 2nd-and-10, followed directly by an 11-yard sack from freshman DE Myles Garrett. Facing a 4th-and-21, Carolina attempted and missed a 54-yard Field Goal.

The Gamecocks opened the second half with a 3-and-out, after which Texas A&M gained 66 yards on just 8 plays (highlighted by a 21-yard grab by freshman Speedy Noil), before a 5-yard catch from Josh Reynolds added A&M’s 5th touchdown of the game, making it 38-14. On the first play of South Carolina’s next drive, QB Dylan Thompson carried the ball for 6 yards, at which time Aggie redshirt sophomore LB A.J. Hilliard dislocated his ankle, forcing him out for the rest of the season. The Gamecocks would go on to score with a 5-yard TD toss to Pharoh Cooper, cutting into the A&M lead 38-21. With time running short, South Carolina attempted an onside kick, but it was A&M who recovered. Texas A&M’s offense could not be stopped, and they added another touchdown behind Tra Carson on a 3-yard run, extending their lead to 45-21. The Gamecocks answered once again, with two 27-yard passes to Jerell Adams and Pharoh Cooper respectively, before adding a touchdown with a 10-yard pass to Nick Jones to make it 45-28. Texas A&M’s ensuing possession ended in a punt (their first since the 1st quarter), but South Carolina could not capitalize, as their drive was cut short with and interception by Aggie safety Armani Watts.

The fourth quarter proved much less eventful than the previous three. The Aggies, after a 33-yard pass to Malcome Kennedy, scored to open the quarter, with a 2-yard run from Trey Williams. South Carolina gained 48 yards on their next drive, before failing to convert a 4th-and-10, turning the ball over to A&M with 10:05 left in the game. Possession never changed again, and the Aggies made it to the South Carolina 3 yard line before kneeling the ball to end the game.


LamarEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

#9 Texas A&M Aggies vs Lamar Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lamar 3 0 003
#9 Texas A&M 21 10 142873

at Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX

Game information

RiceEdit

Rice at #7 Texas A&M
1 234Total
Owls 0 730 10
#7 Aggies 7 14143 38
  • Date: September 13
  • Location: College Station, Texas (Kyle Field)
  • Game start: 8:09 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:39
  • Game attendance: 103,867
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C), Cloudy and cool, winds N at 12mph
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mark Jones (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (commentary), & Jessica Mendoza (sideline reporter)
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–27–3 2013 TAMU, 52–31

SMUEdit

#6 Texas A&M at SMU
1 234Total
#6 Aggies 17 211010 58
Mustangs 0 303 6
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Dallas, Texas (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)
  • Game start: 2:36 CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 34,820
  • Game weather: 88 °F (31 °C), Cloudy, winds SE at 9mph
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (commentary), Jeannine Edwards (Sideline Reporter)
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–29–6 2013 TAMU, 42–13

Just before halftime, SMU wide receiver Der'rikk Thompson ran out of bound after an overthrown pass and nearly ran into the Texas A&M mascot Reveille, but was knocked aside by Texas A&M Corps of Cadets member Ryan Kreider, the "Mascot Corporal". This made news headlines across the nation about the dedication of the Mascot Handlers to protect Reveille.

ArkansasEdit

Arkansas at No. 6 Texas A&M
1 234OTTotal
Razorbacks 7 14700 28
#6 Aggies 7 70147 35
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium)
  • Game start: 2:40 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:44
  • Game attendance: 68,113
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (commentary), and Allie LaForce (sideline reporter)
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–41–3 2013 TAMU, 45–33

The Aggies scored a touchdown and an extra point in the first minute of the game, but the Razorbacks quickly overtook them, maintaining a lead that remained unbroken until the Aggies scored in overtime. The Aggies lagged for much of the game but made a comeback in the final quarter, sending the game into overtime with a score of 28–28. The Aggies lost the coin toss and went on offense. They quickly scored a touchdown and an extra point. The Razorbacks, shut down by the Aggies' defense, were unable to gain the 25 yards necessary for a touchdown that would have sent it into another overtime. The Aggies won with a final score of 35–28.

#12 Mississippi StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Aggies 7 3 7 14 31
#12 Bulldogs 14 14 13 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2013 TAMU, 51–41

It was by far the biggest test for the Aggies that season at Davis Wade Stadium. A&M scored quickly on their first drive but, were out scored the rest of the game.

#3 Ole MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Rebels 14 7 7 7 35
#14 Aggies 0 0 7 13 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 2013 TAMU, 41–38

#7 AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Aggies 0 0 0 0 0
#7 Crimson Tide 10 35 7 7 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2013 BAMA, 42–49

After Texas A&M's 59-0 shutout loss to Alabama, the Aggies were unranked in the AP poll for the first time since October 6, 2012.

Louisiana-MonroeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Warhawks 0 10 0 6 16
Aggies 7 14 0 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2007 TAMU, 54–14

AuburnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 14 21 3 3 41
No. 3 Tigers 14 3 7 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2013 AU, 41–45

The Aggies came into Jordan–Hare Stadium as huge underdogs against number 3 Auburn. The first two drives on offense the Aggies were up, 14–0. Auburn scored quickly to tie the game, only to have the Aggies score two more touchdowns to go up 28–14. With a few seconds left Auburn's kicker Daniel Carlson attempted a field goal but had it blocked and returned for a score for the Aggies. In the second half Auburn tried to make another miracle comeback with three touchdowns to trail by 3. Two fumbles late in the game cost Auburn and the Aggies won, 41–38. This loss ended A&M's three-game losing streak in SEC play, and Auburn's 13-home-game winning streak, along with ending a playoff berth. Auburn fell to 9th while the Aggies returned to the top 25.

MizzouEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 3 28 0 34
#24 Aggies 3 10 7 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–6 2013 MIZZOU, 21–28

LSUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 17 3 3 23
Aggies 7 0 0 10 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–29–3 2013 LSU, 10–34

West Virginia–Liberty BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 14 14 17 0 45
Mountaineers 20 7 3 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 21 9 (2) 7 (2) 6 (3) 6 (4) 6 14 21 24 24 22 RV RV RV NR NR RV 
Coaches 20 13 8 7 7 7 14 21 24 24 22 RV RV RV NR NR RV 
CFP Not released 24 22 24 NR NR NR NR Not released

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