The Texas A&M Aggies head to Columbia, S.C. this weekend to face off against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Aggies are fresh off of a 20-14 overtime win against Kentucky, seeking their third straight SEC win. The Gamecocks also came away with a close 37-35 win against Missouri and are looking to extend their SEC win streak as well. According to ESPN.com, Jimbo Fisher said “this game will be a battle,” so Aggie and Gamecock fans can expect a hard-fought game.
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The Texas A&M quarterback is a threat with his arm and his legs. He has thrown for 1447 yards with nine touchdown passes so far, but his athleticism and ability to run the ball set him apart. Mond is currently second, only behind running back Trayveon Williams, in rushing for the Aggie offense with 230 yards. Mond’s running ability, combined with his 60% completion rate, create opportunities for the Aggie offense and threaten this South Carolina defense.
The junior quarterback for the Gamecocks is coming off a knee injury that occurred in the 24-10 loss against Kentucky. This prevented him from playing in last weekend’s win against Missouri. Bentley has thrown for 928 yards with seven passing touchdowns and six interceptions. Despite the injury, according to ESPN.com, coach Will Muschamp “is confident Bentley will be ready to play versus the Aggies.” His injury will be something both teams will want to keep an eye on, as the Aggie defense will look to take advantage of any flaws in the South Carolina offense.
Williams is a junior running back and has rushed for 720 yards, an SEC high, on 120 carries with seven touchdowns for the Aggies. Williams will be looking to keep his momentum going after walking it off for the Aggies against Kentucky. “Williams is a special guy when it comes to running through contact, he creates a lot on his own” said Muschamp, according to ESPN.com. Williams is threat not only due to his running ability, but also his ability to create opportunities as an occasional receiver, with 133 receiving yards on the season.
Keke, a defensive end, came up huge in overtime for the Aggies against Kentucky after dominating the Kentucky offense all game. Keke sacked Terry Wilson on third down for a loss, which forced the missed field goal that kept the score tied. Keke has had two sacks per game in the past two games, which is huge in SEC play. Keke and the Aggie defense look to keep the pressure against the Gamecocks.
The Aggies take on the Gamecocks on the road this Saturday at 2:30 CT.
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