Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was one of few bright spots during a 2015 season that quickly plunged into disappointment and finished in disarray with the surprise transfer of the Aggies’ top two quarterbacks.
Worries for 2016? Not if you ask Garrett.
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One of the most physically gifted athletes in the nation, Garrett recently told Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated that the team has used last season’s failings as motivation during off-season workouts. He described players as being “cranked” and “just fired up,” while challenging each other in the weight room.
One key factor, the former Arlington Martin star said, has been the arrival of Oklahoma transfer quarterback Trevor Knight, who lost his starting job with the Sooners before last season to former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield. Knight instantly assumed a leadership role with the offense and has a prideful, positive attitude for a unit that needed uplifting, Garrett said.
“Just the way he carries himself, how hard he works, you just want to follow him,” Garrett told Hamilton. “It’s great to see he has that effect on people. If he can just maintain that during the season, a great season will unfold.
As for Garrett, the 2016 season will likely be the last A&M fans will see of him in maroon and white as the junior will almost assuredly declare for the NFL Draft.
Garrett said he will pursue some lofty personal goals next season after accumulating 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 2015, numbers he described following a spring workout earlier this week as being part of a sophomore slump.
“My dad gives me goals and then I kind of go even farther beyond those,” Garrett said. “When I came here, I wanted 15 sacks and 20 TFLs. Last year, I was a little bit short of those. This year, I want to make sure I get out of here and I break the single-season record (for sacks), I break the career record — pretty much I want to break all the records I can possible for a defensive end. I almost got the forced fumble record. I want to go down as one of the best who came here.”