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2015 Texas A&M Aggies football team

The 2015 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at the newly renovated Kyle Field. They were members of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by fourth year head coach Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies finished the regular season 8–5 overall and 4–4 in SEC play. They were invited to the Music City Bowl, where they were defeated by the Louisville Cardinals, 21–27.

2015 Texas A&M Aggies football
Texas A&M University logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2015 record8–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachKevin Sumlin (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJake Spavital (3rd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJohn Chavis (1st season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumKyle Field
(Capacity: 102,733)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 25 Florida x   7 1         10 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   5 3         9 4  
Georgia   5 3         10 3  
Vanderbilt   2 6         4 8  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Missouri   1 7         5 7  
South Carolina   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#^   7 1         14 1  
No. 10 Ole Miss   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas   5 3         8 5  
No. 16 LSU   5 3         9 3  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Auburn   2 6         7 6  
Championship: Alabama 29, Florida 15
    1. – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

PreseasonEdit

Recruiting classEdit

In the 2015 recruiting class, Texas A&M signed 25 players, 11 of which were included in the ESPN 300 and 12 in the Scout 300. The class was ranked 12th in the nation by ESPN,[1] 10th by Rivals,[2] 12th by 247,[3] and 10th by Scout.[4]

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2015 Texas A&M Aggies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 1 Kyler Murray Fr
WR 2 Speedy Noil So
WR 3 Christian Kirk Fr
WR 4 Damion Ratley So
RB 5 Tra Carson   Sr
QB 7 Jake Hubenak   So
WR 9 Ricky Seals-Jones   So
QB 10 Kyle Allen So
WR 11 Josh Reynolds Jr
WR 13 Jamal Jeffery So
QB 14 Conner McQueen   Jr
WR 15 Frank Iheanacho So
QB 16 Kobe Miller   Fr
WR 16 Kemah Siverand Fr
QB 17 Jordan Traylor Jr
WR 18 Edward Pope   Jr
QB 19 Janson Moore   So
WR 19 Jeremy Tabuyo Jr
RB 20 James White   So
RB 21 Keith Ford (I) Jr
RB 22 Kwame Etwi Fr
WR 23 Sabian Holmes Sr
RB 25 Kendall Bussey Fr
RB 27 Brice Dolezal Sr
RB 29 Jay Bradford Fr
RB 34 Blaine Townsend Sr
FB 39 Austin English So
TE 41 Brandon Alexander   Sr
WR 42 Josch Motley   So
TE 47 Caden Smith   Sr
WR 48 Dreagan Patterson Jr
OL 50 Tank Davis   Fr
OL 56 Mike Matthews (C) Sr
OL 61 Braden Meador   Jr
OL 62 Chad Loitz   So
OL 63 Ryan Lindblade Jr
OL 64 Erik McCoy Fr
OL 65 Avery Gennesy   Jr
OL 66 Nathan Kellman
OL 67 Drew Beakey Fr
OL 68 Justin Dworaczyk Fr
OL 69 Brayden Talbert Fr
OL 70 Connor Lanfear Fr
OL 71 Trevor Elbert Fr
OL 72 Jermaine Eluemunor   Jr
OL 73 Jeremiah Stuckey   Jr
OL 74 Germain Ifedi (C)   Jr
OL 75 Koda Martin   Fr
OL 77 J.J. Gustafson So
OL 78 Keaton Sutherland Fr
OL 79 Joseph Cheek   Sr
WR 81 Jalyn Judkins   So
WR 82 Boone Niederhofer   Jr
WR 83 Kyle Whitley   Fr
WR 84 Morgan Whatley Fr
TE 85 Grant Gustafson Fr
WR 85 Reggie Rusk Fr
TE 87 Greer Shetler Fr
WR 88 Thom Lam   Fr
TE 89 Jordan Davis Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 De'Vante Harris Sr
DB 4 Noel Ellis Jr
DL 5 Daylon Mack Fr
DB 6 Donovan Wilson So
LB 7 Richard Moore Fr
DB 8 Nick Harvey So
DL 9 Qualen Cunningham So
DL 10 Daeshon Hall Jr
LB 11 Josh Walker So
DB 12 Sam Moeller (C)   Sr
LB 13 Reggie Chevis   So
DB 14 Justin Evans Jr
DL 15 Myles Garrett (C) So
LB 16 Dwaine Thomas Fr
DB 17 Alex Sezer Jr. Jr
DB 18 Larry Pryor Fr
DB 19 DeShawn Capers-Smith Fr
DB 21 Brandon Williams (C)   Sr
DB 23 Armani Watts So
DB 25 Priest Willis (I) Jr
DB 26 Devonta Burns   Sr
DB 27 Roney Elam Fr
DB 28 Victor Davis   So
DB 30 Justin Dunning Fr
LB 31 Claude George Jr
DB 32 Will Paulhill   Jr
LB 32 Kevin Wilson   Sr
LB 33 Shaan Washington Jr
LB 35 Riley Garner Fr
DL 40 Jarrett Johnson So
LB 42 Otaro Alaka So
LB 45 Cullen Gillaspia So
LB 46 A.J. Hilliard   Jr
LB 48 Landis Durham Fr
LB 49 Taylor Martinez   Jr
LB 50 Mac Labhart   Fr
LB 52 Tristan Horton Fr
DL 53 Ben Huskinson So
LB 54 Jake Blount   Jr
DL 55 Justin Manning   So
DL 59 Isaac Flores Jr
DL 83 Alonzo Williams Sr
DL 86 David Darley So
DL 88 Kingsley Keke Fr
DL 90 Deshawn Washington   Fr
DL 92 Zaycoven Henderson So
DL 94 Tanner Schorp   So
DL 95 Julien Obioha Sr
DL 98 Hardreck Walker Jr
DL 99 James Lockhart Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 24 Taylor Bertolet   Sr
PK/P 36 Daniel LaCamera Fr
P 38 Drew Kaser Sr
DS 40 Christian Robertson   Fr
PK 41 Peter Grady Jr
DS 45 Austin Frey   Fr
P 46 Shane Tripucka   So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: August 26, 2015

ScheduleEdit

Texas A&M announced their 2015 football schedule on October 14, 2014. The 2015 schedule consist of 9 games in the state of Texas and 3 games outside of the state in the regular season. Two of the nine games in Texas are neutral games against Arizona State and Arkansas. Texas A&M will host SEC foes Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, and South Carolina, and will travel to LSU, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt.[5]

This will be the Aggies' first year without Missouri since 2009 and SMU since 2010 on their schedule.

The Aggies' 25-0 shutout of Vanderbilt on November 21 was Texas A&M's first shutout victory since joining the SEC in 2012. The Aggies had not shut out a team since a 31-0 victory over Wyoming on September 11, 2004, and had not shut out a conference opponent since a 41-0 victory over Baylor on October 12, 2002.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:00 p.m.vs. No. 15 Arizona State*ESPNW 38–1766,308
September 126:00 p.m.Ball State*No. 16ESPNUW 56–23104,213
September 1911:00 a.m.Nevada*No. 17
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNW 44–27102,591
September 266:00 p.m.vs. ArkansasNo. 14ESPNW 28–21 OT67,339
October 36:30 p.m.No. 21 Mississippi StateNo. 14
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNW 30–17104,455
October 172:30 p.m.No. 10 AlabamaNo. 9
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
CBSL 23–41105,733
October 246:00 p.m.at No. 24 Ole MissNo. 15ESPNL 3–2360,674
October 3111:00 a.m.South Carolina
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNW 35–28102,154
November 76:30 p.m.AuburnNo. 25
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNL 10–26104,625
November 146:00 p.m.Western Carolina*
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPNUW 41–17101,583
November 216:30 p.m.at VanderbiltSECNW 25–032,482
November 286:30 p.m.at LSUSECNL 7–19101,803
December 306:00 p.m.vs. Louisville*ESPNL 21–2750,478
Schedule Source:[6]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Season at
Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin Head coach 4th
John Chavis Associate head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach 1st
Terry Joseph Defensive backs coach 2nd
Terry Price Defensive ends coach 4th
Mark Hagen Defensive tackles coach 3rd
Jake Spavital Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach 3rd
Clarence McKinney Running backs coach 4th
Aaron Morehead Wide receivers coach 1st
Dave Christenson Offensive line coach and run game coordinator 1st
Jeff Banks Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach 3rd
Larry Jackson Director of football sports performance 4th
Reference:[7]

Game summariesEdit

#15 Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Sun Devils 0 7 7 3 17
Aggies 7 7 3 21 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 10 0 10
#16 Aggies 6 3 13 7 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The game was the home opener for A&M, and the first game in the newly renovated Kyle Field. The Aggies were dominant throughout the entire first half, with the exception being Ball State's first drive to A&M's 4 yard line.[8]

NevadaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 7 3 10 7 27
#17 Aggies 14 10 14 6 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1950 TAMU, 48–18

ArkansasEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
#14 Aggies 0 10 3 87 28
Razorbacks 7 0 7 70 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–41–3 2014 TAMU, 35–28

#21 Mississippi StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Bulldogs 3 7 0 7 17
#14 Aggies 14 10 3 3 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2014 MSU, 48–31

#10 AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Crimson Tide 14 14 3 10 41
#9 Aggies 3 10 7 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–5 2014 BAMA, 59–0

#24 Ole MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Aggies 0 3 0 0 3
#24 Rebels 7 9 7 0 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–1 2014 Miss, 35–20

South CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 7 14 7 0 28
Aggies 7 14 14 0 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 TAMU, 52–28

AuburnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 7 7 6 6 26
#25 Aggies 3 0 7 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2014 TAMU, 41–38

Western CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Catamounts 0 14 0 3 17
Aggies 7 14 13 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

VanderbiltEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 6 10 6 3 25
Commodores 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 TAMU 56–24

LSUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 7 0 0 0 7
Tigers 6 0 7 6 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–30–3 2014 LSU, 23–17

LouisvilleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 7 7 0 7 21
Cardinals 20 0 7 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 1994 TAMU 26–10

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 Final 
AP RV 16 17 14 14 9 (1) 9 (1) 15 RV 25 RV RV RV NR NR  
Coaches RV 19 18 15 15 11 10 16 RV 24 RV RV RV RV RV  
CFP Not released 19 NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Class Ranking ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "2015 Class - Rivals". Rivals. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "2015 Class Ranking – 247". 247. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "2015 Class Ranking – Scout". Scout. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 Football Schedule Announced" (Press release). Texas A&M University Department of Athletics. October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "2015 Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  7. ^ 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 2
  8. ^ Bowen, Larry (September 13, 2015). "Aggie Defense Grounds Cardinals with Impressive First Half". The Bryan-College Station Eagle. Retrieved October 26, 2015.