Quartet of Aggies Receive Pre-Season Accolades

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ROSLYN, PA -- Four Aggies have been added to prestigious national watch lists, the Maxwell Football Club announced today. Defenders Red Bryant and Chris Harrington were named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list while Mike Goodson and Stephen McGee were both named to the Maxwell Award watch list.

The Chuck Bednarik Award is given annually to the best defensive player in college football while the Maxwell Award is awarded to the most outstanding player.

Over the course of his Texas A&M career, Bryant has been a force in the middle of the Aggie’s defensive front registering 85 tackles and four sacks while constantly fighting off double teams from opposing offensive linemen. The Jasper, Texas native has a knack for big plays as he has recorded eight tackles for loss and blocked a pair of crucial kicks in his career. Last season against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Bryant blocked the Cowboy’s game-tying extra point attempt in overtime to seal the Big 12 victory for the Aggies.

Harrington is the Aggies’ top returning tackler after posting 59 stops a year ago on his way to first team all-Big 12 honors. The senior from Houston also recorded seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss last season. For his career, the play-making defensive end has 13 sacks and 20 tackles for loss to go along with three forced fumbles and five pass deflections.

McGee, a junior from Burnett, was one of the country’s top dual-threat quarterbacks a year ago as he was one of only a handful of Division 1 quarterbacks to both pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 600 yards. In guiding the high-powered Aggie offense last season, McGee threw only two interceptions in 313 attempts, the best attempt to interception ratio in the country. His never say die attitude was most evident in comeback road wins against both Oklahoma State and Kansas. With the Aggies trailing late in both games, McGee led last minute scoring drives as the Aggies found a way to pull out the two crucial Big 12 road wins.

The speedy Goodson led the Aggies and all Big 12 freshmen last year with 847 yards rushing. The sophomore from Houston is a threat to score every time he touches the football as his breakaway speed and excellent field vision form a deadly combination for defenders. Goodson’s breakout game last season came against the stingy Oklahoma Sooner defense as he rushed for 127 yards on only 10 carries. In every game last season, Goodson had a least one carry of 14 yards or more.

The winners of the 2007 Chuck Bednarik and Maxwell Awards will be announced during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Florida on December 6.

Bryant, McGee and Goodson join Chris Harrington and Cody Wallace as Aggies that have already been named to national award watch lists this off-season.

Aggies on National Watch Lists:

Red Bryant- Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List

Mike Goodson- Maxwell Award Watch List

Chris Harrington- Lott Trophy Watch List, Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List

Stephen McGee- Maxwell Award Watch List

Cody Wallace- Rimington Trophy Watch List, Lombardi Award Watch List