This week’s edition of the Wednesday Countdown takes a look at the best five players the Aggies will face in 2012. Not surprisingly, three of the five play defense, while the other two play for Arkansas.
Arkansas' Knile Davis returns after missing all of 2011.
Honorable Mention – Robert Lester (Alabama), Barkevious Mingo (LSU), Henry Josey (Missouri), Eric Reid (LSU), DJ Fluker (Alabama)
#5) Knile Davis – RB – Arkansas
The first of two entries for the Razorbacks on this list, the Aggies were fortunate enough not to have to see Davis in 2011, even though they lost the game anyway. This season, Knile Davis returns from his injury a season ago. Until we see him in action, it’s hard to know exactly how back he is, but if he’s close to 100%, he probably should be higher on this list.
#4) Sam Montgomery – DE – LSU
Aggies proudly boast of the pass rushing talents of their own 6-4 defensive end Damontre Moore, but he’s not the only athletic freak who will be coming off the edge at Kyle Field this season. In October, the 12th Man (and the Aggie quarterbacks) will see LSU’s Montgomery. He’s 6-4, 245, and reportedly runs a 4.5 40. He was a second team All-American last year as a sophomore by Sports Illustrated, and was first team All-SEC by both the coaches and the AP.
#3) Tyler Wilson – QB – Arkansas
The only player on the list that the Aggies faced a season ago, and he probably still haunts the dreams of some A&M defenders. Wilson threw for an Arkansas record 510 yards in the matchup at Cowboys’ Stadium. This time around he’ll be facing a whole new secondary, a whole new scheme and whatever advantage the Aggies can squeeze out of the 12th Man.
#2) Corey Lemonier – DE – Auburn
Many may not know Auburn's Corey Lemonier, but opposing quarterbacks will.
Another one of the SEC’s 6-4 terrors at defensive end, Lemonier probably doesn’t get the props he deserves because he played on a terrible Auburn defense in 2011. However, opposing quarterbacks are definitely going to know who he is.
#1) Tyrann Mathieu – CB – LSU
The Aggies got a hint of the future of the ball hawking ability of the “Honey Badger" in the Cotton Bowl two seasons ago. Mathieu, then a freshman, forced a fumble on a sack, recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass in the game. But even then, nobody could have predicted the incredible 2011 season that he would have. To say he has a knack for finding the football just doesn’t quite do it justice, and everyone knows what kind of threat he is in special teams. On October 20th, Aggie fans will get to see it first hand.
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