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Trevor Knight played his best game of the season: PFF Stats review of Texas A&M vs. Tennessee

There were several Aggie standouts in the roller coaster win over the Volunteers

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Texas A&M’s top graded offensive players

  1. Josh Reynolds, WR (82.1)
  2. Christian Kirk, WR (78.9)
  3. Trayveon Williams, HB (76.5)

Key Takeaways:

  • Wide receiver Josh Reynolds was A&M’s highest graded player against Tennessee, catching five of his nine targets on the day and earning an 82.1 overall grade. Reynolds led the SEC in deep pass yardage coming into the game and added to that total on Saturday, catching both of the catchable deep passes thrown his way for 75 receiving yards.
  • Christian Kirk played his best game of the season on Saturday, leading the team with seven receptions and earning a 78.9 overall grade. Kirk caught passes against six different Tennessee defenders and had a WR rating of 127.1, one of the top ratings in the nation this week.
  • Quarterback Trevor Knight also played his best game this weekend, earning a 70.0 overall grade and showing his effectiveness as both a passer and rusher. Through the air, Knight was especially impressive on play-action passes, completing 8 of 13 attempts for 131 yards, two touchdowns and a 134.9 QB rating. He was also accurate on 50 percent of his deep pass attempts for a total of 150 yards, the fourth most deep passing yards in the nation this week. When asked to run the ball, Knight displayed his ability to fight through defenders, earning 72 percent of his total rushing yards after contact.
  • Running back Trayveon Williams continues to establish himself as one of the nation’s most dynamic runners, earning a 76.5 overall grade against Tennessee, the eighth highest at his position this week. Williams had a career-high 28 carries on Saturday and earned 52.1 percent of his total rushing yards on runs of 15 yards or longer. He also forced five missed tackles and averaged an impressive 5.57 yards after contact per attempt. Williams has shown capable of being a true three-down back this season, leading all true-freshmen running backs with a 98.0 pass block efficiency rating and has allowed just one QB hurry all season long.
  • Center Erik McCoy played one of his best games of the season on Saturday, helping pave the way for the A&M running game and excelling in pass protection. On 40 pass block snaps, McCoy earned a perfect pass block efficiency rating and did not allow a single QB pressure.

Texas A&M’s top graded defensive players

  1. Myles Garrett, EDGE (81.6)
  2. Daylon Mack, DT (81.1)
  3. Priest Willis, CB (80.3)

Key Takeaways:

  • Despite playing through an ankle injury, Myles Garrett performed exceptionally well on Saturday, earning the highest pass rushing productivity rating of any player at his position this week. On just 27 pass rush snaps, Garrett collected one sack and six QB hurries for an 80.7 pass rush grade. Though he only played eight run defense snaps, Garrett still managed to pick up two run stops on the day as well.
  • Daylon Mack played by far his best game of the season on Saturday, earning an 81.1 overall grade and making his presence felt in both the run and pass game. On 18 pass rush snaps, Mack registered two total pressures, the second most he’s collected in a game this season. He was also stout against the run, ranking second on the team this week with his 79.8 run defense grade.
  • Cornerback Priest Willis was another standout performer for the Aggie defense, earning an 80.3 overall grade against Tennessee. Josh Dobbs targeted him six times on Saturday, but Willis surrendered just one reception for 13 yards and allowed only a 39.6 QB rating into his coverage. He gave up a reception just once every 56 coverage snaps, the second best ratio in the nation this week.
  • Defensive tackle Kingsley Keke put together the highest graded game of his career on Saturday with his 79.7 overall grade. Keke had three run stops in just 20 run defense snaps for a 15.0 run stop percentage, the eighth best rate in the nation at his position this week. The sophomore lineman was also highly effective when rushing the passer, picking up five QB hurries on the day, the second most of any defensive tackle in the country this weekend.
  • Donovan Wilson showed his ability to make plays in a number of ways on Saturday, ranking as one of the top performers at his position this week in both run defense and when rushing the passer. Against the run, Wilson had the 11th best run stop percentage in the nation, collecting a stop on 6.5 percent of the run defense snaps he played. As good as he was against the run, Wilson’s biggest impact was made when he was asked to rush the passer, picking up a sack and two hurries on just six pass rush snaps. Wilson’s current total of 10 QB pressures is the most of any cornerback in the nation this season.