ATK: Players to Watch
By: John Harris
It feels as if the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff has been years in the distance but it was only months. Those months seemed to crawl along but it’s finally here and it’s quite possibly the most important and best game of the first weekend of college football.
Pac-12 South v. SEC West.
There’s an ongoing debate amongst college football analysts/writers/media whether the Pac-12 South, in particular, is a better division than the SEC West. It’s subjective, without question, but this matchup can go a long way in giving those in the know an idea of which conference should claim bragging rights. Well, for the time being, anyway. Here are some players that you should keep an eye on in this game.
When Arizona State has the ball…
Arizona State Offensive Players to Watch
RB/WR No. 8 D.J. Foster – one of the most dynamic players in the nation with the ball in his hands.
QB No. 2 Mike Bercovici – started three games last year, but is the unquestioned leader of this offense.
TE No. 81 Kody Kohl – could be featured in this offense more than in prior seasons.
G No. 73 Vi Teofilo & No. 55 Christian Westerman – perhaps the best guard duo in the country, west of Arkansas.
Texas A&M Defensive Players to Watch
DE No. 15 Myles Garrett – arguably, the best defensive player in the nation.
DE No. 10 Daeshon Hall – added 15 pounds in the off-season and could star opposite Garrett S No. 23 Armani Watts – playmaker now in his second season as a starter.
CB No. 1 De’Vante Harris – lithe, but fast and has tons of experience.
When Texas A&M has the ball…
Texas A&M Offensive Players to Watch
QB No. 10 – Kyle Allen – the former Arizona HS star faces his former home state school WR No. 11 – Josh Reynolds – in my opinion, he’s one of the most underrated receivers in the country, minus the drops that plagued him to start last season.
C No. 56 Mike Matthews – gritty, tough and finally healthy – three year starter in the middle.
RT No. 74 Germain Ifedi – should be a top draft pick whenever his college career is over.
Arizona State Defensive Players to Watch
S No. 38 Jordan Simone – earned a starting position in 2014, captain honors in 2015.
CB No. 8 Lloyd Carrington – one of the top NFL prospects on this defense.
NT No. 94 Demetrius Cherry – odd dimensions for a nose tackle but can be disruptive up the field.
OLB No. 28 Laiu Moeakiola – 72 tackles, 5th on the team last season.
There are just a few guys to watch on Saturday for what should be an outstanding AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.