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Texas A&M Opponent First Look: Sam Houston State Bearkats

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Coming off one of the biggest wins in program history, the Aggies now shift their focus to the 8-2 Bearkats. Lead by a potent offense, the Bearkats look to return to the FCS championship game for the second year in a row. Let's look at some of their top players:

Sam Houston State Quarterback Brian Bell
Sam Houston State Quarterback Brian Bell
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Quarterback:

11 Brian Bell

Full disclosure, Brian ("B" as he's commonly known) is the youngest son of my high school coach and the younger brother of one of my best friends. You will not find a nicer, more polite kid out there. The junior is also a pretty damn good ball player. This year he has completed 64.5% of his passes for 1644 yards and 15 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions.

Runningback:

20 Tim Flanders

The junior has had an impressive season with 986 rushing yards (105.4/game) and 14 touchdowns

Wide Receivers:

18 Trey Diller

As a senior is the teams leading receiver with 38 for 552 yards but only 2 scores

81 Chance Nelson

A name Aggies should remember. The sophomore transfer leads the Bearkats in receiving touchdowns with 6. He has 20 receptions for 454 yards on the season.

Linebacker:

36 Darius Taylor

The senior from Mesquite, Texas leads the team with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks. He has 55 total tackles on the year and a forced fumble.

Defensive Back:

38 Darrell Taylor

The twin brother of Darius, Darrell is the Bearkats leading tackler with 64, including 2 for a loss and 2 sacks. He also has 2 interceptions to go with a forced, and recovered, fumble.

17 Brookie Sneed

The ballhawking junior has 3 interceptions on the year, including one for a touchdown.

Kicker:

2 Miguel Antonio

The senior from Lovelady is 11-15 on field goals this season, with a long of 42 yards. On kickoffs, only 19 have been touchbacks out of 61 kicks. Look for Trey Williams to have a big day in the return game.