Texas A&M's young wide receivers play well against No. 2 Clemson

Texas A&M's Kendrick Rogers reacts after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter Saturday against Clemson.

Every Texas A&M wide receiver who was wheeled in front of the media through fall camp heard the same question, sometimes asked multiple times to the same individual.

Who was going to replace Christian Kirk?

On Saturday, the Aggies found productivity by committee.

Sophomore Kendrick Rogers led the charge, collecting 120 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.

He first demonstrated acrobatic abilities, leaping over two Clemson defenders to pull in a 9-yard pass from quarterback Kellen Mond for his first career touchdown.

The second put hand-eye coordination in the spotlight when Rogers snagged a tipped ball on the goal line to bring the Aggies within two points with under a minute to play.

And on both, Rogers was not Mond's first read of the progression, Mond said.

"He played his tail off," A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher said of Rogers. "He had a good camp. He had a little lull and got a little tired and came back last week and a half. I said it coming in: He's going to be a good player. He's going to have a chance of having some big-time production with his size and athleticism and strength, and he's been playing that way in practice."

Rogers is listed as 6-foot-3 on A&M's roster but says he measures closer to 6-5, which would make him the tallest in the Aggie receiving corps. He's also not the only A&M receiver who played well Saturday.

Sophomore Quartney Davis reeled in a 14-yard touchdown catch on his first career reception as an Aggie. He also caught a 25-yard pass.

Sophomore Camron Buckley saw a long touchdown pass from Kellen Mond fall in and out of his hands last week in the Aggies' season opener against Northwestern State, but he rebounded against Clemson with four catches for a career-high 93 yards.

And as A&M continued life without Kirk, who is now in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, the Aggies' expected standout sophomore Jhamon Ausbon tallied 61 yards on three receptions.

"Our receivers made a lot of big plays and showed what they can do on a big-time stage," Mond said. "It's nothing that surprised me."

Having three underclassmen receivers play so well against the No. 2 team in the nation makes for steps in the right direction, Fisher said.

"Each person, like you and your job or anybody at any job, you have to prove to yourself you can do your job," Fisher said. "There's a point in it where you look up and say, 'You know what? I can do this.' I don't care what you're doing. I don't care what your profession is. You know you're good at it, and you have a chance to have a career at it, and I think these guys did that."

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