The Associated Press released their All-SEC team on Monday, and three Texas A&M Aggies made the list. While no Aggies made the fist team, senior punter Braden Mann, junior defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, and freshman tight end Jalen Wydermyer all made the second team.
Mann is the reigning Ray Guy Award winner and is widely considered one of the best punters in NCAA history, averaging more than 49 yards per punt for his career. Despite his average yards per punt going down in 2019, he greatly improved his accuracy pinning opponents inside the 20 yard line and reducing touchbacks. Most analysts have him going as the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
A defensive end recruit out of high school, Maduibuike embraced the move inside and has been dominant for the past two seasons. He had 22 tackles for loss over the past two seasons, but he’s been disruptive even when it hasn’t shown up on the stat sheet. Despite only being a junior, there is a good chance Madubuike is given a first or second round grade, so he is expected to declare early and head to the NFL after this season (but none of us would complain if he came back for 2020).
It’s strange to think about now, but Wydermyer wasn’t even the top tight end recruit in A&M’s 2019 class. But after fellow freshman Baylor Cupp was lost for the season with a preseason leg injury, the job was Wydermyer’s, and he stepped up in a big way. He started the season off slow, with only six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in A&M’s first five games, but after going for 49 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama, he quickly turned into one of Kellen Mond’s most reliable targets. Wydermyer finished the season with 31 catches (4th in the SEC) for 419 yards (3rd in the SEC) and six touchdowns (1st in SEC). Aggies are already salivating thinking about two-tight-end sets with Wydermyer and Cupp in 2020.