Texas A&M trio of Kirk, Watts, Martin named to All-SEC team by league coaches

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Texas A&M football standouts Christian Kirk, Armani Watts and Koda Martin earned spots on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team, as selected by the league head coaches on Wednesday.

Kirk, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., led the way as a first-team selection at three positions – wide receiver, all-purpose and return specialist. Kirk was the only player in the SEC with more than 80 catches in 2016 (83 for 928 yards), and he led the nation with three punt returns for touchdowns. A consensus preseason All-American, Kirk has also been named to the "watch list" for the Maxwell Award, the Biletnikoff Award, the Hornung Award and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

Watts, a senior from Forney, Texas, earned first-team All-SEC honors from the coaches at defensive back. The play-making Watts, whose 2016 season was cut short due to injury, made 56 tackles in nine games last season, and he was among an elite group of SEC defenders with at least two tackles for loss, interceptions, passes broken up, forced fumbles and recovered fumbles. Watts has been named to the Thorpe Award, Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists.

Martin, a junior from Manvel, Texas, was named to the All-SEC second team on the offensive line. He is projected as a starter on the Aggies' offensive front after serving as a top backup and spot starter the past two seasons. Martin saw action in all 13 games last season with four starts and helped clear the way for a balanced Aggie offense that gained 467.0 yards per game, with 211.8 rushing and 250.0 passing yards per game. Additionally, Martin has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.


2017 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team (* - ties)


First Team Preseason All-SEC



TE           Hayden Hurst, South Carolina


OL           Braden Smith, Auburn

                Martez Ivey, Florida

                Jonah Williams, Alabama

                Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama


C             Frank Ragnow, Arkansas


WR         Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

                Calvin Ridley, Alabama


QB          Jalen Hurts, Alabama


RB           Derrius Guice, LSU

Nick Chubb, Georgia


AP          Christian Kirk, Texas A&M    



DL           Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama

Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

Trenton Thompson, Georgia


LB           Arden Key, LSU

Skai Moore, South Carolina

Roquan Smith, Georgia


DB          Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Armani Watts, Texas A&M

Duke Dawson, Florida

Ronnie Harrison, Alabama



PK           Daniel Carlson, Auburn


P             JK Scott, Alabama


RS           Christian Kirk, Texas A&M


Second Team Preseason All-SEC



TE           Isaac Nauta, Georgia


OL           Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State

                K.J. Malone, LSU

                Koda Martin, Texas A&M

                Paul Adams, Missouri*

                Greg Little, Ole Miss

                Isaiah Wynn, Georgia*


C             Will Clapp, LSU


WR         J’Mon Moore, Missouri

                Antonio Callaway, Florida


QB          Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State


RB           Kamryn Pettway, Auburn

                Bo Scarbrough, Alabama


AP          Derrius Guice, LSU



DL           Cece Jefferson, Florida

Marlon Davidson, Auburn

Jabari Zuniga, Florida

Denzil Ware, Kentucky*

Dontavius Russell, Auburn*


LB           Jordan Jones, Kentucky

Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Tre' Williams, Auburn


DB          Donte Jackson, LSU

Dominick Sanders, Georgia

Carlton Davis, Auburn

Tray Matthews, Auburn



PK           Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss


P             Johnny Townsend, Florida


RS           Evan Berry, Tennessee


Third Team Preseason All-SEC



TE           C.J. Conrad, Kentucky*

                DeAndre Goolsby, Florida*


OL           Jashon Robertson, Tennessee

Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Zack Bailey, South Carolina

Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas


C             Bradley Bozeman, Alabama


WR         Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Jauan Jennings, Tennessee


QB          Austin Allen, Arkansas


RB           Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt

                Benny Snell, Kentucky


AP          Brandon Powell, Florida*

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina*

Kerryon Johnson, Auburn*

Trevon Diggs, Alabama*



DL           Terry Beckner, Jr., Missouri

Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia

Christian LaCouture, LSU

Marcell Frazier, Missouri


LB           Oren Burks, Vanderbilt 

Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama

Lorenzo Carter, Georgia


DB          Anthony Averett, Alabama

Mike Edwards, Kentucky

Chauncey Gardner, Florida

Ryan Pulley, Arkansas



PK           Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky*

Eddy Piniero, Florida*


P             Trevor Daniel, Tennessee


RS           Antonio Callaway, Florida

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