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  08/21/21 - Hezekiah JonesrSr/2022, Texas AM, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Texas A&M wide receiver Hezekiah Jones suffered a shoulder injury during fall camp, head coach Jimbo Fisher said. Jones was sidelined at Thursday's practice with his right arm in a sling. "He banged his shoulder," Fisher said. "Just fell on one during a pass. Just fell on his shoulder and banged it up. We're thinking in a little bit of time he'll be back. I don't know exactly, but shouldn't be [a] long, long time." Jones played in six games last season after returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon, which he suffered during fall camp of 2019. In those six games, he caught 18 passes for 178 yards, a part of 35 total receptions and 325 yards he's had in three seasons with the Aggies. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Hezekiah JonesTexas AM
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  08/15/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  LSU football coach Ed Orgeron may be down to two scholarship quarterbacks with the injury to Myles Brennan this week, but that does not mean his offensive strategy will be overly protective of starter Max Johnson. "I think you have to do the things that you have to do to win just like we did with Joe," Orgeron said in reference to former quarterback Joe Burrow, who often ran with reckless abandon in 2018 and '19. "We ran quarterback draws with Joe. He scrambled. He made plays with his feet against Georgia (SEC Championship Game win in 2019). He made plays when he had to," Orgeron said after LSU's first practice of the preseason Friday.

LSU had three scholarship quarterbacks in 2019 with Brennan behind Burrow, but the third one was inexperienced true freshman Peter Parrish. "I think you have to limit things. Max wants to be a drop-back quarterback. We talked about that. I don't think we're going to have 15 different quarterback runs," Orgeron said. "He's a passer, but there's some things that we have to do to challenge the defense to win the game." Johnson rushed 18 times for 52 yards while completing 21 of 36 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-34 win at No. 6 Florida last season in his first collegiate start. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser


(DS#12 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonTexas AM
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  08/13/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  The son of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brad Johnson, he was taught from an early age to focus on daily individual improvement instead of competing with his teammates for spots. "I don't look at it the same way people do," Johnson's father said. "I look at it as you're always in competition with yourself. There's only one quarterback that gets to play, and you've got to be ready for when your moments come." Johnson has always prepared for that moment. He received an early and detailed education on football from his father, who showed him how to complete three-, five- and seven-step drops in elementary school. They began film sessions in eighth grade, and the instruction grew from there until Johnson arrived at LSU.

Everything Johnson learned from his father, combined with his naturally composed persona, helped him win both of his starts last season. As Johnson played, coach Ed Orgeron recognized some of the same qualities he saw in former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, whose father was a coach. They carried themselves with poise. They looked serious. They displayed an internal drive to win. They were mobile. Neither of them said much at first. "He's tall, he's smart and can see a lot of things," Orgeron said. "There are some things he has to improve on, but he's a young player and that's more or less things (offensive coordinator Jake Peetz) can work on with him. But I do believe he can be a championship quarterback." - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#12 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonTexas AM
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  08/10/21 - McKinnley JacksonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-2, 325 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  Texas A&M sophomore defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson was arrested Friday on drug charges, including a second-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance, according to Brazos County jail records. He was released from the Brazos County Jail later Friday after posting $22,000 bail. In addition to the felony charge, in which Jackson was accused of having between four and 200 grams of a controlled substance, he faces a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. Jail records indicate the charges were from April 7; it wasn't immediately clear why Jackson wasn't charged until Friday. The marijuana charge is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. The second-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Jackson has been suspended form athletics activities, per department policy, according to a program spokesperson. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#17 DT) So/2024 DT McKinnley JacksonTexas AM
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  08/07/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Once expected to compete for the starting job throughout preseason practice, Johnson became LSU's quarterback after Myles Brennan broke his left arm earlier this week while preparing for a fishing trip. The injury required surgery Tuesday morning, and while the timeline for Brennan's recovery remains unclear, Johnson will enter the season as LSU's starter. Brennan's injury immediately affects the Tigers' depth, but his absence will give Johnson extra first-team reps, more opportunities to establish connections with receivers and time to work with new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz. All of that could help Johnson throughout his sophomore year. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#12 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonTexas AM
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  08/04/21 - Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  The day after Myles Brennan suffered a left arm injury that required surgery, coach Ed Orgeron confirmed the suspected: LSU will start sophomore Max Johnson at quarterback, ending the competition that would have taken place between Brennan and Johnson throughout preseason camp. Orgeron had anticipated LSU would determine its starter the week before its season opener Sept. 4 against UCLA, but Brennan broke a bone in his left arm Monday morning, according to a source. Orgeron said during his weekly appearance on WNXX-FM, 104.5 that Brennan underwent surgery Tuesday.

"Surgery went really well," Brennan later wrote on social media. "Thank y'all for all the prayers. God's got me." The injury left LSU with two scholarship quarterbacks - Johnson and freshman Garrett Nussmeier - when preseason practice starts Friday. Nussmeier will become LSU's primary backup while freshman walk-on Matt O'Dowd gets elevated to third string, Orgeron said. "Obviously, Max is going to be our starter, but he's got to have a great camp," Orgeron said. "The depth chart is etched in sand. He knows he's got to perform, but I believe in Max, just like I believe in Myles. I think we've got us a great quarterback, a great championship quarterback." As Orgeron spoke further about moving forward with two healthy scholarship quarterbacks, he recalled the 2018 season, using the past as a reason to find confidence in the future. - Baton Rouge Advocate


(DS#12 QB) So/2024 QB Max JohnsonTexas AM
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  08/01/21 - Ainias SmithJr/2023, Texas AM, 5-10, 190 (DS#18 WR) + More +

  Texas A&M running back Ainias Smith was named to the Hornung Award watch list announced Thursday by the Louisville Sport Commission. Smith led A&M in receiving yards (564) and touchdown catches (six) last season, while catching 43 passes. He also ran for 293 yards and four TDs on 49 carries and averaged 5 yards on 15 punt returns. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#18 WR) Jr/2023 WR Ainias SmithTexas AM
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  08/01/21 - Keldrick CarperrSr/2022, Texas AM, 6-2, 200 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Texas A&M senior defensive back Keldrick Carper was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Thursday. The Wuerffel Trophy honors community service. Carper is one of the founding members of The B.L.U.E.print - Black Leaders who Undertake Excellence, a student-athlete organization that provides leadership opportunities and a sense of community while empowering Black individuals to use their voice. He also serves as the organization's community relations coordinator. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Keldrick CarperTexas AM
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  07/31/21 - Nik ConstantinourSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-2, 230 (DS#2 P) + More +

  Texas A&M sophomore Nik Constantinou was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list. Constantinou, who averaged 40.5 yards on 36 punts last season was among 34 named Wednesday to the watch list. Constantinou was a semifinalist last year for the award given annually to the nation's best punter. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#2 P) rSo/2024 P Nik ConstantinouTexas AM
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  07/30/21 - *Kenyon GreenJr/2022, Texas AM, 6-4, 325 (DS#2 OG) + More +

  Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green and defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson were named to the preseason watch list for the 2021 Outland Trophy, the Football Writers Association of America announced Tuesday. Green was an Outland Trophy semifinalist and first-team All-American guard last season. Jackson made the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman team last season after playing in all 10 games with one start at defensive tackle. He had two tackles, a sack and a quarterback hurry in A&M's 41-27 victory over No. 13 North Carolina in the Orange Bowl. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#2 OG) Jr/2022 OG *Kenyon GreenTexas AM
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  07/29/21 - Aaron HansfordrSr/2022, Texas AM, 6-2, 240 (DS#9 OLB) + More +

  Texas A&M's Aaron Hansford was named to the 2021 Butkus Award Watch List, the Butkus Foundation announced Monday. The linebacker was second on the team in tackles with 49 last season and is the leading returning tackler for A&M's defense. The Butkus Award honors linebackers at all three levels - high school, college and professional. Semifinalists will be named on Nov. 1 and finalists on Nov. 22. The three winners will be announced on Dec. 7. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#9 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Aaron HansfordTexas AM
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  07/26/21 - *Jalen WydermyerJr/2022, Texas AM, 6-5, 255 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  Texas A&M's Jalen Wydermyer was named to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced on Thursday. The junior tight end earned him All-Southeastern Conference honors and was a finalist for the John Mackey Award in his sophomore season. The Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the season's most outstanding receiver in college football. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#2 TE) Jr/2022 TE *Jalen WydermyerTexas AM
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  07/23/21 - *DeMarvin LealJr/2022, Texas AM, 6-3, 290 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  Texas A&M's DeMarvin Leal was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watchlist, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. The award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and the watchlist is made of 90 candidates on defense. Leal ranked fifth on the team with 37 tackles and led the defense with eight quarterback hurries. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#2 DT) Jr/2022 DT *DeMarvin LealTexas AM
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  07/23/21 - *Isaiah SpillerJr/2022, Texas AM, 6-0, 215 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Texas A&M's Isaiah Spiller was named to the 85th Maxwell Award Preseason Watchlist, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. The junior running back finished third in the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards with 103.6 yards per game. He racked up 1,036 and nine touchdowns. Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which has been presented to the College Player of the Year since 1937, will be announced Nov. 1. The three finalists will be announced on Nov. 22. The winners of the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#3 RB) Jr/2022 RB *Isaiah SpillerTexas AM
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  05/03/21 - Kellen MondSr/2021, Texas AM, 6-3, 211 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Kellen Mond became the first Texas A&M quarterback taken in the draft since Johnny Manziel in 2014 when the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the third round with the 66th overall pick Friday. Mond said the Vikings were one of his top teams based on the relationship he developed with Viking offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak, son of former A&M quarterback Gary Kubiak. "I kind of had word that they really liked my game...kind of how I approached the game mentally and physically," Mond said. "I definitely knew that was an opportunity for me to go. At that point, it was just playing the waiting game. It's a phenomenal opportunity for me, and I'm super excited right now." Mond was the seventh quarterback selected in this year's draft and the third from the Southeastern Conference behind Alabama's Mac Jones and Florida's Kyle Trask. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#8 QB) Sr/2021 QB Kellen MondTexas AM
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