The most underrated Texas A&M football players in Aggies history.
When someone asks you “Who’s the greatest player in Texas A&M program history?” you probably answer with some of the recent Aggie greats such as Johnny Manziel or Von Miller. Or some might break out the history book and answer Dat Nguyen or John David Crow.
And all of those are great answers and that debate is one that is always had, but who are the players that have been overlooked throughout the history of Aggie Football?
Every program has these players. You know the guys that have had memorable careers and set school records but no one really talks about. The guys that played key roles in some of the best seasons in program history that you don’t read much about.
Texas A&M football has produced several NFL superstars but these are the five most underrated Texas A&M football players who deserve more love.
Kyler Murray’s dad Kevin Murray was an underrated quarterback for Texas A&M.
Let’s go back to the mid-’80s with quarterback, Kevin Murray who went 25-6-1 as the starting quarterback and ranks fourth all-time in career passing touchdowns and sixth all-time in career passing yards in Texas A&M football history.
Murray was the first elite arm talent the Aggies have had and started off his career winning SWC Newcomer of the Year in 1983. But his sophomore season wasn’t anything like his first and ended just three games in after Murray suffered a broken ankle.
But when Murray returned back to the field in 1985, the Aggies had some of the best seasons up until that point in the history of the program. In 1985, the Aggies finished 10-2, capturing an outright SWC title, the first in 17 years, and picked up a win in the Cotton Bowl over the Auburn Tigers. The Aggies also finished sixth in the AP poll, their highest finish since finishing fifth in 1956.
The 1986 season was almost as identical as the one before. The Aggies finished 9-2 in the regular season, picked up their second straight SWC title but lost to Ohio State in embarrassing fashion in the Cotton Bowl. That would also be the last game of Murray’s college career. Despite being granted another year of eligibility, Murray declared for the NFL Draft.
The Aggies would go on to another 10-win season capped off with Cotton Bowl victory in 1987 but maybe if Murray would’ve stayed they could’ve made the next jump into national title contention. But that’s all hearsay, and all we can do is appreciate the great career Murray had, earning him a spot on our list.