#5 - Floyd Raven
Raven had his redshirt burned last season in part because the Aggie coaches knew how important he was going to be to this year’s team. Athletically, Raven is one of the more gifted corners to come into College Station in a long time, and he has a knack for finding the ball in the air. However, he still has to come a long way on the fundamentals of playing the corner position. It’s going to be risk reward for Raven this season, but expect the Louisiana product to have a solid sophomore campaign.
#4 – Donnie Baggs
Donnie Baggs was in and out of the lineup last year as he worked hard to grasp Tim DeRuyter’s defensive schemes. This year, with depth a major concern at linebacker, Baggs’ flexibility makes him a valuable asset to new linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt and defensive coordinator Mark Snyder. Baggs isn’t going to be called on to anchor the unit, that responsibility falls on the seniors Jonathan Stewart and Sean Porter. That means there won’t be a lot of pressure on Baggs and he should be able to go out and play his game when given the opportunity.
#3 – Malcome Kennedy
The reason that Kennedy could have a breakout sophomore campaign is pretty simple, the Aggies are going to be tossing the ball around much more this season. Maybe not on a pure statistical level, because they threw the ball often a season ago, but based on the numbers Sumlin and Kingsbury’s offense put up at Houston, it’s reasonable to expect much more distribution of the ball this year. Kennedy also fits into this offense well, because he has a knack for finding open spaces and he can turn up field in a hurry.
#2 – DeShazor Everett
Everett was the breakout player of the spring. In fact, he performed so well that the A&M coaches even tried him out at other positions in the secondary late in the spring. However, he’s too valuable as a cover guy in my opinion. Everett is big, he’s physical and he plays with an aggressive style that impressed the coaches. He has to prove that he can carry his practice performance into games this fall, but If he continues to progress, he and Raven could anchor the corner slots for a few years to come.
#1 – Jameill Showers
Well, you knew this one was coming. Showers is going to go from a player who played in spot duty as a wildcat quarterback to a full time starter of an SEC team. For better or for worse, people are going to know who Jameill Showers is by the end of the season. He has the tools to be successful in the new offense if he can learn to release the ball quickly and not take unnecessary risks. He throws a great deep ball and he has a strong and accurate arm over most of the field. With the style of offense the Aggies are going to run, there’s little doubt that at least statistically he’s going to have a huge year. If he can have a good season, the A&M offense could be among the nation’s best.