These 5 players are poised for big bounce back years
With another season of college football set to kick off at the end of the month, it will mark the return of several players from injury. Many of these players figure to be key cogs in their teams’ successes on the field this season.
After missing most or all of last year, many could be headed for breakout seasons as well.
Here are five guys who will help their teams after missing most of last year.
QB Jameill Showers, UTEP- The man who almost prevented the Johnny Football Era in College Station missed the final six games of the season after dislocating his right shoulder in the Miners’ 45-7 loss against Rice. After losing the starting job and transferring from A&M two years ago, Showers stepped right in at UTEP to throw for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns until the Rice game. If he returns to top form, Showers will be a magician in the pocket for the Miners this season.
QB David Ash, Texas- Getting an experienced signal-caller back from injury will only help Texas, as Ash will be a key player in the Longhorns’ climb back from a disappointing season. Ash, who missed 10 games because of persistent post-concussion symptoms, has won the support of the Texas coaching staff after a strong string of spring practices. The jury is still out as to whether it will be him, sophomore dual-threat Tyrone Swoopes or the true freshman from Denton Guyer, Jerrod Heard starting games at the end of the season, but the Belton, Texas native definitely has something to prove this season.
WR Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M- The redshirt freshman wide out will come off of a knee injury sustained on the first touchdown reception of his college career against Rice. Seals-Jones, who has been compared to former receiving threat Mike Evans, has the speed and 6-foot-5 frame to be a dangerous tool in the Aggies’ offense this season.
LB Jordan Hicks, Texas- Hicks was the defensive quarterback at the middle linebacker position for Texas Unfortunately for the Longhorns, he tore ACL dropping back in pass coverage against Kansas State ended his season. This season will be a trial for the Longhorns defense under new leadership in new defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, which means Hicks will be the glue that holds the unit together.
FS J.J. Gaines, Texas Tech- Gaines was on his way to posting solid numbers last season when a mid-season shoulder injury ended his sophomore campaign in Lubbock. Now a junior, the Irving Nimitz product will anchor a depleted defensive secondary that lost several key seniors in the offseason. In order to keep their place in a strong Big 12 conference, Gaines will need to be in good shape.
John Loop is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com.
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