Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, an Arlington Martin graduate and finalist for the 2016 Bednarik and Lomardi awards, has been named a unanimous All-American this season by the NCAA.
School officials announced Thursday that Garrett, a junior who is eligible to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, became the ninth player in school history to receive that designation from the NCAA.
He joins past A&M greats John Kimbrough, John David Crow, Ed Simonini, Robert Jackson, Marcus Buckley, Dat Nguyen, Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews as unanimous All-Americans, having been selected as first-team honorees by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation in the same season.
The “unanimous” designation is reserved for players who sweep first-team honors at their position on all five of those All-America teams. A “consensus” All-American is a player who earns a first-team selection on at least two of those five teams in the same season.
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Garrett led the Aggies in quarterback sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (15.0) during an 8-4 season. He also contributed two forced fumbles and 10 quarterback hurries. A three-year starter projected as a top-5 pick in next year’s NFL draft, Garrett heads into the team’s Dec. 28 matchup in the Texas Bowl against Kansas State (8 p.m., ESPN) as the nation’s active leader in career quarterback sacks (32.5).