These days, Texas A&M wide receiver Speedy Noil can’t seem to outrun trouble, and it could run him to the bottom of the Aggies’ crowded depth chart at the position.
Noil, who will be a junior, was arrested Friday on a charge of driving without a license, according to Brazos County arrest records. The incident was first reported by 247Sports. Noil participated in the A&M’s Friday Night Lights scrimmage, an event open to the public and one that drew a large number of elite recruits.
Noil’s transgression isn’t exactly warrant front-age headlines, but it does call into question again his decision-making.
Remember, Noil finished a disappointing 2015 season — just 21 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns — suspended for violating team rules. He missed A&M’s loss to Louisville in the Music City Bowl.
Noil was a freshman sensation with 46 catches for 583 yards and five touchdowns. But injuries and off-field issues slowed him last season, and he became mostly an afterthought because of the incredible freshman campaign turned in by Christian Kirk, who enters 2016 as a long-shot Heisman Trophy candidate.
The Aggies have plenty of experienced depth at wide receiver with Kirk, who posted team highs with 80 catches for 1,009 yards and seven touchdowns, plus Josh Reynolds (51 catches, 907 yards, five touchdowns) and Ricky Seals-Jones (45 catches, 560 yards, four touchdowns).
“We’ve got good skill on the perimeter,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin recently told FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman on “The Audible” podcast.
Seals-Jones, at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, is probably the biggest receiver in the SEC. The length of the 6-4 Josh Reynolds makes him a near-impossible player to defend in red zone situations. And then there’s the explosive Kirk.
Noil is arguably the fastest receiver in the SEC. He can stretch the field like few can, and that kind of speed can go a long toward making the process of breaking in either quarterback, Jake Hubenak or Trevor Knight, much easier.
Noil’s production in 2014 got him named a Freshman All-American team. The track record is there to believe that he can regain that form. If Noil can get his act together off the field, he could be a vital part of arguably the SEC’s deepest and most talented wide receiver corps.
It appears it is up to him.