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2016 Texas A&M Aggies football team

The 2016 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aggies played their home games at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by fifth-year head coach Kevin Sumlin. They finished the season 8–5, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in fourth place in the Western Division. They were invited to the Texas Bowl where they lost to Kansas State.

2016 Texas A&M Aggies football
Texas A&M University logo.svg
Texas Bowl, L 28–33 vs. Kansas State
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2016 record8–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachKevin Sumlin (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorNoel Mazzone (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJohn Chavis (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumKyle Field
(Capacity: 102,733)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

PreseasonEdit

Recruiting classEdit

In the 2016 recruiting class, Texas A&M signed 21 players (22 including transfer QB Trevor Knight), 8 of which were included in the ESPN 300 and 8 in the 247 Sports top 250. The class was ranked 20th in the nation by ESPN,[1] 17th by Rivals,[2] 18th by 247,[3] and 20th by Scout.[4]

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2016 Texas A&M Aggies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Quartney Davis Fr
WR 2 Speedy Noil Jr
WR 3 Christian Kirk So
WR 4 Damion Ratley Jr
RB 5 Trayveon Williams Fr
RB 7 Keith Ford   Jr
QB 8 Trevor Knight   Sr
WR 9 Ricky Seals-Jones   Jr
QB 10 Jake Hubenak   Jr
WR 11 Josh Reynolds Sr
WR 13 Jamal Jeffery Jr
QB 13 Michael Milstead Fr
QB 14 Conner McQueen   Sr
WR 15 Frank Iheanacho   So
QB 16 Hank Hughes Fr
WR 16 Kemah Siverand   Fr
QB 17 Nick Starkel Fr
WR 18 Edward Pope   Sr
QB 19 Gannon Rawlins Fr
WR 19 Jeremy Tabuyo Sr
RB 20 James White   Jr
WR 21 Aaron Hansford Fr
RB 22 Kwame Etwi So
TE 24 Jake Graham Fr
RB 25 Kendall Bussey   Fr
WR 26 Kirk Merritt (I) So
RB 27 John Clark Fr
RB 28 AJ Sanders Fr
RB 32 Rakeem Boyd Fr
WR 33 Justice Bean Fr
TE 41 Luke Laufenberg Fr
WR 42 Josch Motley   Jr
RB 43 Kristian Chavis Fr
WR 47 Samuel Phillips Fr
OL 50 Tank Davis   So
OL 51 Riley Anderson Fr
OL 55 Austin Anderson Fr
OL 62 Chad Loitz   Jr
OL 63 Cagan Baldree Fr
OL 64 Erik McCoy   Fr
OL 65 Avery Gennesy   Sr
OL 67 Drew Beakey   Fr
OL 68 Justin Dworaczyk   Fr
OL 69 Brayden Talbert   Fr
OL 70 Connor Lanfear So
OL 71 Trevor Elbert   Fr
OL 72 Jermaine Eluemunor   Sr
OL 74 Kellen Diesch Fr
OL 75 Koda Martin   So
OL 76 Colton Prater Fr
OL 77 Ryan McCollum Fr
OL 78 Keaton Sutherland So
WR 80 Clyde Chriss Fr
TE 81 Jalyn Judkins   Jr
WR 82 Boone Niederhofer   Sr
WR 83 Kyle Whitley   So
WR 84 Kendrick Rogers Fr
TE 85 Grant Gustafson   Fr
TE 86 Tanner Schorp   Jr
TE 87 Greer Shetler   Fr
TE 88 Matthew Kirchner   Fr
TE 89 Kalvin Cline (I)   Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Nick Harvey Jr
DB 4 Noel Ellis   Jr
DL 5 Daylon Mack So
DB 6 Donovan Wilson Jr
LB 7 Richard Moore So
DB 8 Justin Dunning So
DL 9 Qualen Cunningham Jr
DL 10 Daeshon Hall Sr
LB 11 Josh Walker Jr
DL 13 Reggie Chevis   Jr
DB 14 Justin Evans Sr
DL 15 Myles Garrett Jr
LB 16 Dwaine Thomas So
DB 17 Alex Sezer Jr. Sr
DB 18 Larry Pryor   Fr
DB 19 DeShawn Capers-Smith So
DB 20 Ikenna Okeke Fr
DB 21 Charles Oliver Fr
DB 22 Clifford Chattman Fr
DB 23 Armani Watts Jr
DB 24 Priest Willis   Jr
LB 25 Tyrel Dodson Fr
DB 26 Victor Davis   Jr
DB 27 Roney Elam   Fr
DB 28 Travon Fuller Fr
DB 30 Moses Reynolds Fr
LB 31 Claude George Sr
DB 32 Will Paulhill   Sr
LB 33 Shaan Washington Sr
DB 34 Clayton Bantle Fr
LB 35 Riley Garner So
LB 38 Jordan Mastrogiovanni   Jr
DL 40 Jarrett Johnson Jr
LB 42 Otaro Alaka   So
LB 45 Cullen Gillaspia So
DL 46 Landis Durham So
LB 50 Mac Labhart   So
DL 52 Justin Madubuike Fr
LB 54 Jordan Driver Fr
LB 56 Keeath Magee II Fr
LB 58 Braden White Fr
DL 86 David Darley Jr
DL 88 Kingsley Keke So
DL 90 TD Moton Fr
DL 92 Zaycoven Henderson Jr
DL 96 Jesse Brown (I) So
DL 98 Hardreck Walker Sr
DL 99 James Lockhart So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 34 Braden Mann Fr
PK/P 36 Daniel LaCamera So
PK 38 Drew Riethman Fr
DS 40 Christian Robertson   So
PK 41 Peter Grady   Jr
DS 45 Austin Frey   So
P 46 Shane Tripucka   Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: August 26, 2016

ScheduleEdit

Texas A&M announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home games, 4 away games and 1 neutral site game in the regular season. The Aggies will host SEC foes LSU, Ole Miss, and Tennessee, and will travel to Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, and South Carolina. Texas A&M will go against Arkansas for the third time in a row in Arlington, Texas.[5]

The Aggies will host all four of its non–conference games which are against New Mexico State Aggies from the Sun Belt Conference, Prairie View A&M Panthers from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, UCLA Bruins from the Pac-12 Conference and UTSA Roadrunners from Conference USA.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 32:30 PMNo. 16 UCLA*CBSW 31–24 OT100,443
September 1011:00 AMPrairie View A&M*No. 20
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNW 67–096,412
September 176:00 PMat AuburnNo. 17ESPNW 29–1687,175
September 248:00 PMvs. No. 17 ArkansasNo. 10ESPNW 45–2467,751
October 13:00 PMat South CarolinaNo. 9SECNW 24–1378,245
October 82:30 PMNo. 9 TennesseeNo. 8
CBSW 45–38 2OT106,248
October 222:30 PMat No. 1 AlabamaNo. 6CBSL 14–33101,821
October 296:30 PMNew Mexico State*No. 9
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPNUW 52–1099,960
November 511:00 AMat Mississippi StateNo. 7SECNL 28–3558,407
November 126:30 PMOle MissNo. 10
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
SECNL 28–29104,892
November 1911:00 AMUTSA*No. 23
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX
ESPNUW 23–10102,502
November 246:30 PMNo. 25 LSUNo. 22
  • Kyle Field
  • College Station, TX (rivalry)
ESPNL 39–54102,961
December 288:00 PMvs. Kansas State*ESPNL 28–3368,412
Schedule Source:[6]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Season at
Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin Head coach 5th
John Chavis Associate head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach 2nd
Terry Joseph Defensive backs coach 3rd
Terry Price Defensive ends coach 5th
David Turner Defensive run game coordinator and defensive tackles coach 1st
Noel Mazone Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach 1st
Clarence McKinney Running backs coach 5th
Aaron Morehead Wide receivers coach 2nd
Jim Turner Offensive line coach 5th
Jeff Banks Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach 4th
Larry Jackson Director of football sports performance 5th
Reference:[7]

Game summariesEdit

UCLAEdit

Week One: #16 UCLA Bruins at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
#16 Bruins 3 6 015024
Aggies 0 10 140731

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: September 3
  • Game time: 2:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 88 °F (31 °C) • Wind: E 8 MPH • Weather: fair skies
  • Game attendance: 100,443
  • Referee: Land Clark
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce
Game information

The Texas A&M Aggies opened their 2016 season at home against the #16 UCLA Bruins. The Aggies dominated the Bruins in the first 3 quarters of the game, leading 24–9 at the start of the 4th quarter. UCLA started a comeback late in the 4th quarter with Bolu Olorunfunmi running 9 yards for a touchdown. With J.J. Molson making the extra point, the Bruins trailed 16–24 with 4:19 left in regulation. UCLA's defense forced the Aggies into a 3–and–out on the next possession. The Bruins' offense wasted no time scoring again, with Josh Rosen throwing 62 yards to Kenneth Walker III to trail 22–24. UCLA tied it up 24–24 with Rosen finding Austin Roberts for the two–point conversion with 2:39 left in regulation. A&M punted on their next possession, but gained the ball back after a Rosen pass was intercepted by Justin Evans at the A&M 47 yard line. The 4th quarter ended with the Aggies marching down to the UCLA 40 before turning it over on downs.

The Aggies received the ball first to start overtime and found the end zone with a 1 yard touchdown run from Trevor Knight. UCLA made it to the A&M 5, but failed to score on a 4th and goal, ending the game. Winning the game in overtime, the Texas A&M Aggies upset the #16 UCLA Bruins 31–24.

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 1998 UCLA, 29–23

Prairie View A&MEdit

Week Two: Prairie View A&M Panthers at #20 Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 0 0 000
#20 Aggies 17 21 131667

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: September 10
  • Game time: 11:00 AM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 80 °F (27 °C) • Wind: NW 20 MPH • Weather: cloudy
  • Game attendance: 96,412
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SECN): Roy Philpott, Clint Stoerner, Kevin Weidl
Game information

After the upset the week before against the #16 UCLA Bruins, the #20 Texas A&M Aggies hosted the FCS Prairie View A&M Panthers from the SWAC. The Aggies' defense held the Panthers scoreless, only allowed 10 first downs, 205 total yards of offense, and forcing a safety. A&M's special teams were also a highlight, with Justin Evans blocking a 38 yard field goal in the 1st quarter and Nick Harvey returning a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the 4th. The only highlights for the Panthers was Raleigh Johnson intercepting a Trevor Knight pass in the end zone in the 2nd quarter and Johnson forcing a fumble that was recovered by Reginald Stubblefield late in the 4th.

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

AuburnEdit

Week Three: #17 Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#17 Aggies 3 13 31029
Tigers 7 3 0616

at Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: September 17
  • Game time: 6:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: SW 2 MPH • Weather: cloudy
  • Game attendance: 87,175
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Game information

The Aggies opened 2016 conference play on the road against the Auburn Tigers. Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera made 5 goals during the game while quarterback Trevor Knight didn't throw an interception during the game, the first game of the season where he didn't throw a pick.

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2 2015 AUB, 26–10

ArkansasEdit

Week Four: #17 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. #10 Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Classic) – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#17 Razorbacks 7 10 0724
#10 Aggies 0 17 72145

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

  • Date: September 24
  • Game time: 8:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 67,751
  • TV: ESPN
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–41–3 2015 TAMU, 28–21 OT

South CarolinaEdit

Week Five: #9 Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9 Aggies 7 0 71024
Gamecocks 7 0 3313

at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 3:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 78,245
  • TV: SECN
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 TAMU, 35–28

TennesseeEdit

Week Six: #9 Tennessee Volunteers at #8 Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34OT2OTTotal
#9 Volunteers 7 0 7213038
#8 Aggies 21 0 773745

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2005 TENN, 38–7

AlabamaEdit

Week Eight: #6 Texas A&M Aggies at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#6 Aggies 0 7 7014
#1 Crimson Tide 6 7 13733

at Bryant–Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–6 2015 ALA, 41–23

New Mexico StateEdit

Week Nine: New Mexico State Aggies at #9 Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
NMSU Aggies 0 3 0710
#9 TAMU Aggies 14 10 21752

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 6:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 99,960
  • TV: ESPNU
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Mississippi StateEdit

Week Ten: #7 Texas A&M Aggies at Mississippi State Bulldogs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#7 Aggies 7 7 01428
Bulldogs 14 14 0735

at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 11:00 AM
  • Game attendance: 58,407
  • TV: SECN
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2015 TAMU, 30–17

Ole MissEdit

Week Eleven: Ole Miss Rebels at #10 Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rebels 3 3 02329
#10 Aggies 7 14 0728

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 6:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 104,892
  • TV: SECN
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2015 MISS, 23–3

UTSAEdit

Week Twelve: UTSA Roadrunners at #23 Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Roadrunners 0 7 3010
#23 Aggies 10 6 7023

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 11:00 AM
  • TV: ESPNU
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

LSUEdit

Week Thirteen: LSU Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#25 Tigers 10 10 142054
#22 Aggies 7 0 102239

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 6:30 PM
  • TV: ESPN
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–31–3 2015 LSU, 19–7

Kansas State (Advocare V100 Texas Bowl)Edit

Bowl Week: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Aggies 7 7 7728
Wildcats 7 16 3733

at NRG Stadium, Houston, TX

  • Date: December 28
  • Game time: 8:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 68,412
  • TV: ESPN
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–7 2011 KSU, 53–50

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 20 17 10 9 8 6 6 9 7 10 23 22 RV RV NR 
Coaches RV 24 20 13 10 7 6 6 10 7 11 22 22 RV RV NR 
CFP Not released 4 8 25 NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 Class Ranking – ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "2015 Class Ranking – Rivals". Rivals. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "2015 Class Ranking – 247". 247. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "2016 Class Ranking – Scout". Scout. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Texas A&M 2016 Football Schedule Announced" (Press release). Texas A&M University Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "2016 Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  7. ^ 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 2