Click here to hear our President and CEO, Scott Ramsey, talk about the exciting match-up for the 2015 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl! Music City is excited to welcome the Texas A&M Aggies as they take on the Louisville Cardinals on December 30th at Nissan Stadium. This will be the 4th time these two teams have faced each other in program history. But with kickoff approaching, let’s take a closer look at some key bullet points for each team and see what kind of hardware each picked up this season.
- Texas A&M earned a bowl invitation for the program-record seventh straight year, which is the longest streak of bowl appearances in school history.
- Only Michigan State can match Texas A&M with four straight bowl wins the past four seasons.
- The Aggies will be seeking a record fifth-straight bowl victory at the Music City Bowl against Louisville.
- The Aggies finished the regular season with eight victories, which gives the program at least eight wins in each of the past four seasons which hasn’t been done at Texas A&M since the late 1990s.
- The Aggies opened the 2015 season with a nationally-televised upset of No. 15-ranked Arizona State in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston and defeated No. 21-ranked Mississippi State at Kyle Field.
- SEC Freshman of the Year: Christian Kirk
- All-SEC team: (1st Team) – DE Myles Garrett, P Drew Kaser (2nd Team) – OT Germain Ifedi, WR Christian Kirk (also as all-purpose), PK Taylor Bertolet
- Freshman All-SEC – WR, A-P and RS Christian Kirk, QB Kyler Murray
- First-team All-American: DE Myles Garrett
- Rotary Lombardi Award finalist: DE Myles Garrett
- Ted Hendricks Award finalist: DE Myles Garrett
- Bill Willis Award winner by the Touchdown Club of Columbus Ohio: DE Myles Garrett
- Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist: DE Myles Garrett
- Bednarik Award semifinalist: DE Myles Garrett
- Ray Guy Award semifinalist: P Drew Kaser (Also earned Ray Guy National Punter of the Week honors after Ole Miss game)
- Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalist: Christian Kirk
- Earning SEC Player of the Week honors in 2015 were Myles Garrett (twice), Christian Kirk (twice), Daeshon Hall, Kyler Murray and Taylor Bertolet
- SEC Community Service Team: Conner McQueen
- Won 7 of 9 games after starting 0-3
- Finished 5-3 in the ACC for the second-straight season
- Lost first three games by a combined total of 13 points
- Three of the five losses came to ranked teams
- Trailed intra-state rival Kentucky 21-0 before rallying to win 38-24 – fifth-straight win in the series
- Freshman QB Lamar Jackson leads the team in rushing with 734 yards, which is tops in school history and nearly holds the school record for CAREER rushing yards by a QB in just 11 games.
- His 9 rushing TD are a school record for QBs in a season.
- Has also thrown for 1613 yards and 10 scores – holds the school record for total offense by a freshman
- Jackson has 4 100-yard games, including a career-best 186 versus UK
- Jamari Staples, who missed 4 games, lead the team in receiving with 36 receptions for 610 yards and 2 scores.
- Staples caught 9 passes for 194 yards and 2 scores versus Pitt – sixth-best in school history
- Keith Kelsey first player to record over 100 tackles in a season since 2012.
- DeVonte Fields owns 19.5 tackles for loss, third-most in school history.
- Trevon Young, who recorded six sacks in back-to-back games, leads the team with 8.5 sacks.
- Defense ranks 13th in total defense and 15th against the run
- Kelsey was a first team All-ACC selection
- #8 in the ACC Conference in scoring offense
- #7 in ACC scoring defense
- Second Team All ACC
- Defensive Tackle, DeAngelo Brown
- Third Team All ACC
- Defensive End, Sheldon Rankins
- Linebacker, James Burgess
- Freshmen Lamar Jackson ranks #10 in total offense and total offensive plays among the conference.