Tag:Texas A&M Aggies
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:15 pm

Broyles suffers season-ending ACL tear

Oklahoma senior receiver Ryan Broyles suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the third quarter of the Sooners' 41-25 victory over Texas A&M, Saturday.

Broyles was helped to the locker room after being initially attended to on the sideline by the school medical staff. Doctors performed ligament tests. Shortly thereafter Broyles was caught by television cameras crying.

On the play Broyles was injured, he jumped high in an attempt to catch a pass from Sooner quarterback Landry Jones and came down very hard and awkwardly on his left leg

The 5-10, 188 pound Broyles is the NCAA's career leading receiver with 347 grabs for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. A Biletnikof finalist last season, he turned down a chance to be a potentially high pick in last April's draft to help Oklahoma win a BCS Championship.

Broyles had already caught 266 passes for 3,429 yards and 35 touchdowns heading into this season. With his extensive playing time, scouts knew his game, so the All-American wasn't likely to improve his draft stock much. Broyles has good overall athleticism and is reliable route-runner and generally sure-handed receiver. His ceiling was limited as he lacks elite size and speed.

Broyles is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 rated receiver and 50th prospect, overall.

Including the first three quarters against Texas A&M (two catches for 87 yards), Broyles had caught 81 passes for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He redshirted in 2007 and, considering his 44 career starts, isn't likely to be given a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA for an injury sustained this late in the season.

On the play Broyles was injured, he jumped high in an attempt to catch a pass from Sooner quarterback Landry Jones and came down very hard and awkwardly on his left leg

The injury, unfortunately, could prove disastrous for his draft stock. The normal timetable for surgery to repair an ACL tear is at least six months. The 2012 NFL Draft is just few weeks more away than that.

Even worse for Broyles, assuming a few of the top-rated underclassmen leave school early, wide receiver will be among the strongest position groups for the 2012 draft. As such, an injured star -- even one with Broyles' jaw-dropping production -- could slip into the third day of the draft... or worse.
Posted on: November 26, 2009 10:52 am

McCoy the headliner, but A&M's Johnson no slouch

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy will certainly get most of the attention in tonight's in-state battle at College Station, but it his counterpart, Aggie redshirt junior Jerrod Johnson, who quietly is leading the conference in touchdown passes and has made the most strides as an NFL prospect this season.

Like McCoy, the 6-5, 243 pound Johnson is a do-everything talent for the Aggies, who can beat defenses with his arm, decision-making (only 5 INTs) and legs. The athletic Johnson has shown agility and good decision-making in the option and actually is tied for the team lead with 8 rushing touchdowns this season. Johnson was pushed into the starting role last season with the injury to now-Dallas Cowboy Stephen McGee. Johnson posted solid numbers last season (2,435 passing yards, 21 touchdowns/10 interceptions), but looked flustered when pressured and was prone to drive-killing mistakes. This season, however, he's proven much more adept at reading defenses. The improvement Johnson has shown in his second season as a starter under former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman has been impressive, something that Sherman noted in his press conference this week.

"I really don't know if I've been around a player that's made the progress that he's made," Sherman said. "He's a lot more football savvy than I ever gave him credit for last year."

The undefeated Longhorns boast a significant edge in overall talent and should win this game easily. However, the Aggies have proven to be quite the nemesis for Mack Brown, winning two of the past three games, including the last one at Texas A&M. The Aggies, 6-5 overall, are 5-1 at home and enjoy one of the great homefield advantages in all of college football.

I certainly recommend you focusing on the traditions on this Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends, turkey and perhaps some NFL football, but don't forget to check out this contest (7 pm EST, ESPN), it could prove surprisingly competitive and certainly will provide scouts with a barometer as to the play of two talented quarterbacks while on the big stage.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted on: October 10, 2009 4:01 pm

Okung battles, beats Big 12 sack leader Miller

One of the reasons I was particularly intrigued with Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung's play today was that he'd be matched up with speed rusher Von Miller, the Big 12's leading pass rusher this season.

Miller, a 6-3, 240 pound junior who projects best as an outside linebacker at the next level, has posted 9 sacks over his first four games, ranking among the elite totals across the entire country.

At nearly 70 pounds more than Miller, I expected Okung to struggle with the Aggies' speed. He did. Okung lacks the elite explosiveness off the snap that typifies most offensive tackles drafted in the top ten. He does, howeve, compensate well with a deep kick-step, long arms and good balance to re-direct.

On this day Miller beat Okung to the outside on several occasions and occasionally was able to catch the big man leaning outside and spinning back inside to generate pressures. However, at the end of the day, Okung kept his passer's jersey clean, not allowing a sack to Miller and limiting him to only a handful of tackles (4 thus far).

As one would expect from a tackle with this kind of size advantage, Okung consistently knocked opponents (Miller and others) off the ball. Okung has been unfairly characterized as a finesse blocker perhaps because of the backlash that comes from Oklahoma State's spread offense. In reality, he is quite physical at the point of attack, using his hands well to engage the defender and generating good push. Again, his lack of elite athleticism shows up when blocking on the move, but while a bit of a plodder, Okung keeps his feet and tracked secondary level defenders effectively. On many of the Cowboys' best running plays, Okung had released to the second level and eliminated the linebacker, often pancaking them.

Okung may not have the unique athletiticism of a Jason Smith or Michael Oher, but he's the most impressive senior offensive tackle I've scouted this year. I feel confident in our high to mid first round grade on him.

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