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The new, the old and the dangerous

With many returning starters, including quarterback Kyle Allen, the return of possibly the nation’s best group of receivers, a favorable schedule and a highly decorated new defensive coordinator, the expectations in College Station are high. 
Loads of talent is on the Aggie roster, on both sides of the ball, but the offense will be particularly dangerous this year, if not the best in the SEC. It is going to be a young team, but a team which gained experience during an 8-5 season in 2014.
Entering the 2015 football season, here are the players to watch out for in 2015.
Veterans:
Kyle Allen, QB: Only a sophomore, the nation’s top recruiting pocket passer from two years ago has all the tools around him for a special year. Expect him to do some impressive things in his first full season as signal caller and to see his draft stock rise as well.
Germain Ifedi, OL: The junior will likely be the all-important blindside blocker for Kyle Allen. A&M has produced three first-round offensive linemen in the last three years. Ifedi may be the fourth, as he will likely make the move to left tackle this year.
Myles Garrett, DL: The freshman broke Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman sack record — so he’s had a pretty good start to his career. He’s an All-American pass rusher who will cause havoc in opponent’s backfields and will create nightmares for offensive tackles.
Tra Carson, RB: A big issue for A&M in recent years besides the defense has been the way the running game has been utilized. With new running game coordinator Dave Christensen alongside Jake Spavital, Carson will receive a heavier workload this year. His combination of size and speed makes him another threat on an already dangerous offense.
Brandon Williams, DB: Possibly the best athlete on the team, Williams makes the move to cornerback in 2015. With his combination of speed and athletic ability, he will improve an Aggie secondary that has struggled mightily in recent years. 
Freshmen:
Christian Kirk, WR: Of the entire freshman class, this might be the one that most Aggie fans are excited about seeing. This five-star recruit out of Arizona has been one of the A&M’s best receivers during camp and will likely have an immediate impact on the offense in 2015.
Kyler Murray, QB: He will start the year as the backup to Kyle Allen, but the son of former Aggie QB Kevin Murray has too much talent to not be utilized. He should receive playing time this season and will get some good experience under his belt for if and when Kyle Allen goes to the NFL Draft.
Daylon Mack, DL: Another player everyone wants to see. The 6-foot-1, 335-pound freshman from Gladewater was another five-star recruit from Sumlin’s 2015 class. He has speed and the strength A&M needs on the defensive line to matchup with the size of the SEC.
Jordan Davis, TE: Another target for Kyle Allen to throw at and for Tra Carson to run behind. The 6-foot-4, 251-pound freshman is one of the best tight end recruits in the nation, and one of the better ones A&M has seen in recent years. He might not have an immediate impact, but he will gain some valuable experience.
Transfers:
Justin Evans, DB: He could be the other starting safety alongside Armani Watts in the 2015 opener. The transfer from Gulf Coast CC has all the tools to make the A&M secondary an improved bunch in 2015.
Damion Ratley, WR: Ratley is a talented receiver who transfers to A&M and joins an already skilled group. He might not be an immediate contributor, but he will see the field and meet SEC defense for the first time in 2015.
Jake Hubenak, QB: Even though he won’t see much of the field in 2015, he is important to the depth of A&M’s quarterbacks. He provides a cushion for Kevin Sumlin at the position. 
Claude George, LB: A&M has had talented linebackers in the past, but since 2014, A&M has been somewhat thin at the position. George provides nice depth and talent to a thin corps at linebacker, and might even have an impact starting in the season opener against Arizona State.

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