TE Martellus Bennett

2006 Statistics

Coach: Dennis Franchione
25-23, 4 years
2006 Record: 9-4
vs. Army WON 28-24
at Kansas WON 21-18
at Oklahoma State WON 34-33 (OT)
at Baylor WON 31-21
at Texas WON 12-7
California LOST 10-45

2006 Final Rankings
AP-30, Coaches-28, BCS-21

2007 Outlook

The Aggies will continue with their balanced offensive attack that stems from a running game featuring a combination of both power and speed. Ranked 18th in total offense, we expect more of the same. On defense, second year DC Gary Darnell employs a 4-2-5 scheme that allows A&M to better combat elite passing teams. He did a great job with half time adjustments last year, many of which allowed the Aggies to get back into games. Against Texas, the defense was well prepared and executed perfectly in both halves (allowed seven points). Surprisingly though, the A&M run defense fell apart in the second half of the Holiday Bowl against Cal, causing some concern in that area entering ‘07. Still, the outlook seems bright since A&M only lost its three regular season games by a combined 6 points. The schedule is much tougher this time around, though, especially on the road, where they have to face Miami, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. They also have an early season match up at home against Fresno State, who they had better not sleep on. It is possible, however, for A&M to be undefeated by the time they have their first conference road test. A double-digit win total is reachable, and the Aggies will be serious challengers for the South Division title.

Projected 2007 record: 9-3
QB - 4 DL - 3.5
RB - 5 LB - 3.5
WR - 3.5 DB - 3.5
OL - 4.5 ..

Passing: Stephen McGee, 194-313-2, 2295 yds., 12 TD

Rushing: Mike Goodson, 127 att., 847 yds., 4 TD

Receiving: Martellus Bennett, 38 rec., 497 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: Jorvorskie Lane, 19 TD, 114 pts.

Punting: Justin Brantly, 50 punts, 44.3 avg.

Kicking: Matt Szymanski, 2-5 FG, 13-13 PAT, 19 pts.

Tackles: Devin Gregg, 64 tot., 23 solo

Sacks: Chris Harrington, 7.5 sacks

Interceptions: Mark Dodge, Jordan Peterson, Japhus Brown, Devin Gregg - 2 each

Kickoff Returns: Kerry Franks, 16 ret., 27.7 avg., 1 TD

Punt Returns: Johnathan Batson, 2 ret., 7.5 avg., 0 TD


RB Jorvorskie Lane
OFFENSE: Courtney Lewis-RB, Chad Schroeder-WR, L'Tydrick Riley-WR, Grant Dickey-OG, Layne Neumann-K
DEFENSE: Marques Thornton-DT, Bryce Reed-DT, Justin Warren-MLB, Brock Newton-WHIP (dismissed), Melvin Bullitt-SS, Jason Jack-DE (NFL)

written by Jeff Davis

When you talk about Texas A&M football these days, the first thing you think of is their excellent running game. Whether it is powerful 274 pound junior all-conference Jorvorskie Lane, fleet footed sophomore stud Mike Goodson, or junior dual-threat quarterback Stephen McGee, the Aggies are loaded in this department. As the team’s top three rushers, they combined for a unit ranking of 8th in the nation. Goodson hit the ground quickly, garnering Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors, and he and Lane prove to be a great one-two punch. McGee is an accurate passer who keeps his mistakes to a minimum (two INTs led nation). With defenses keying on the running game, McGee can further develop his down field prowess to keep opposing teams honest. Up front is another strength - the offensive line has four returning starters, highlighted by powerful all-Big 12 senior center Cody Wallace (740 lb squat set school record!) This will be one of the top units in the nation since they are stacked with quality returning upperclassmen. The Aggies have balance with an experienced wide receiver corps returning. They are actually led by junior TE Martellus Bennett, who is set to be the primary target for the quarterback with the departure of their leading receiver. Bennett has the talent to be one of the top TE’s in the nation. McGee spreads the ball out considerably, but not much scoring has yet been generated from his passing game. The power running game will continue to be relied upon mostly in the red zone, but the TE position can never be overlooked.


C Cody Wallace


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Stephen McGee-Jr (6-3, 208) Jerrod Johnson-Fr (6-6, 223)
Ryan Tannehill-Fr (6-4, 210)
FB Chris Alexander-Sr (5-11, 242) ..
RB Jorvorskie Lane-Jr (6-0, 274) Mike Goodson-So (6-0, 192)
WR Pierre Brown-Jr (6-2, 200) Howard Morrow-Jr (6-0, 205)
WR Earvin Taylor-Sr (6-3, 228) Kerry Franks-Sr (5-11, 196)
TE Martellus Bennett-Jr (6-7, 248) Joey Thomas-Sr (6-5, 250)
OT Corey Clark-Sr (6-6, 317) Robbie Frost-So (6-6, 308)
OG Chris Yoder-Sr (6-3, 299) Lee Grimes-So (6-6, 310)
C Cody Wallace-Sr (6-4, 294) Kevin Matthews-So (6-4, 300)
OG Kirk Elder-Sr (6-5, 298) Michael Shumard-So (6-5, 305)
OT Yemi Babalola-Jr (6-4, 298) Travis Schneider-Jr (6-8, 295)
K Matt Szymanski-So (6-1, 198) ..



Much like the offense, the senior leadership and strength of the defense is in the trenches. The talent starts with experienced seniors Chris Harrington and Red Bryant. Harrington led the team getting into the backfield (7.5 sacks and 11.5 TFL). There is also great upperclassmen depth in this area - either Michael Bennett or Cyril Obiozor gets a well-earned start with Jason Jack departing early. Having tackle Bryant back from knee injury only toughens the line that much more, although he will likely miss spring practice but is expected to be ready by summer. The linebacking corps will miss leading tackler Justin Warren, but Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Misi Tupe and Mark Dodge return as seniors after having large impacts as JC transfers. Many are familiar with Dodge’s story of being at the Pentagon in the military during the Sept 11th attacks. His bravery and toughness were on display nationally as he led his team to a dramatic defensive win on the road against arch-rival Texas. A&M has been bringing up a young secondary for years it seems. Finally the group will have some junior and senior leadership, as four of the five defensive backs in the scheme are returning starters. The leaders are FS Devin Gregg and corner Danny Gorrer (both juniors), and senior Brock Newton at the WHIP position. They are a deep and fast group with good awareness and coverage skills, but are lacking in size against bigger receivers. Sophomore Jordan Peterson will be a good corner, especially since he learned much via blown coverages. Consistency on this side of the ball will go a long way towards securing extra wins.


DE Chris Harrington


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Michael Bennett-Jr (6-4, 263) Cyril Obiozor-Jr (6-5, 257)
DT Kellen Heard-So (6-6, 330) Henry Smith-Sr (6-3, 307)
DT Red Bryant-Sr (6-5, 324) Kellen Heard-So
DE Chris Harrington-Sr (6-5, 267) Lucas Patterson-Fr (6-5, 306)
SLB Misi Tupe-Sr (5-10, 250) Mark Dodge-Sr (6-2, 222)
MLB Matt Featherston-So (6-3, 240) Anthony Lewis-So (6-2, 244)
WHIP Japhus Brown-Sr (5-11, 199) Chevar Bryson-So (6-0, 185)
Jordan Pugh-So (5-11, 190)
CB Danny Gorrer-Jr (6-0, 178) Marquis Carpenter-Sr (6-0, 179)
Johnathan Batson-Sr (6-1, 190)
CB Jordan Peterson-So (5-10, 186) Arkeith Brown-Jr (5-11, 170)
SS Alton Dixon-Jr (5-11, 200) Stephen Hodge-Sr (6-1, 225)
Will Harris-Jr (6-1, 206)
FS Devin Gregg-Jr (6-0, 195) Kenny Brown-Fr (6-2, 194)
DeMaurier Thompson-Fr (6-1, 175)
P Justin Brantly-Jr (6-4, 228) ..




Net punting results with junior all-Big 12 selection Justin Brantly will continue to be strong. Sophomore local product Matt Szymanski only has to prove why he was considered one of the nation’s top recruits, though his 2-for-5 efforts as a frosh were offset by his high number of touchbacks on kickoffs. Kerry Franks is a dangerous return man who will continue to help the Aggies win field position battles.