For the second
straight year, four Texas A&M football players earned spots on the
prestigious Associated Press All-America Team that was announced on Tuesday.
Earning AP All-America
honors were sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans (Galveston, Texas),
sophomore punter Drew Kaser (Strongsville, Ohio), sophomore quarterback
Johnny Manziel (Kerrville, Texas) and senior offensive
tackle Jake Matthews (Missouri City, Texas). Evans and Matthews were
named to the first team, while Kaser and Manziel were named to the
second team. Manziel and Matthews were repeat members of the squad.
led the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second
straight year with 65 for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke the
old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by
Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown
catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010. He led the SEC in
receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in
catches. His 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC
among receivers with 40 or more catches. He also matched the school
single game record with four receiving touchdowns against Auburn.
finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2
nationally with a 47.4 punt average. Behind Kaser's strong leg, the
Aggies rank No. 7 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC
with a 40.4 net punt average. Kaser put 14 of his 36 total punts inside
the opponents' 20-yard line and forced 10 fair catches. Kaser boomed 17
punts of 50 yards or more, including a 76-yarder that ranked as the
sixth-longest in school history.
led the SEC in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion
percentage, total offense and points responsibility. Manziel completed
270-of-391 passes for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns,
while also leading the team with 686 rushing yards. He averaged 368.2
yards of total offense per game and is one of just seven FBS players to
surpass the 4,000-yard plateau in 2013. He had a pair of 500-yard total
offense games with 562 vs. Alabama and 502
vs. Auburn. He is the only player in college football to rank in the
top 10 statistically in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion
percentage, QB rating, yards per attempt, total offense, yards per play
and points responsibility.
Matthews is the team leader with 45 consecutive starts on the Aggies' offensive front. The versatile Matthews held down the all-important left tackle position for the majority of 2013, but also made several starts at right tackle when injuries forced some lineup shuffling. With Matthews clearing the way, the Aggies led the SEC in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. The Aggies go into the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl with 6,458 total yards, including 4,211 passing yards, and have scored 523 points.