Former Panthers headed to bowl games


A trio of former Lufkin Panthers had a recent reunion as the Texas A&M Aggies faced the UTSA Roadrunners in a Nov. 19 non-conference game at Kyle Field.

Erik McCoy was the starting center for the Aggies while teammate Jamal Jeffery was among the team’s receivers. On the other side of the ball was senior Roadrunners’ wide receiver JaBryce Taylor.

While the Aggies were on the winning side of a 23-10 decision, each of those three players will be headed to bowls in the upcoming weeks.

Texas A&M wrapped up an early bowl bid with a 6-0 start to the season before finishing with an 8-4 mark.

It took the Roadrunners a little longer as they wrapped up a bowl bid with a 33-14 win over Charlotte on Saturday night. In that game, Taylor tied a season high by making four catches. He also set a season high with 60 yards receiving.

For the season, Taylor had 19 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown. He was also one of the team’s primary special teams players. Those numbers came after a season in which he had 29 catches for 472 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.

While at Lufkin, Taylor set single season school records for the Panthers in receptions and receiving yards.

For the Aggies, Jeffery finished the season with six receptions for 73 yards.

McCoy made the most of his first full season as a starter as he was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after a season-opening 31-24 win over UCLA.

He was also a steady presence on the offensive line throughout the year.

Those former Panthers will learn where they will be headed for their bowl games when pairings are released on Sunday afternoon.

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