CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Texas A&M senior safety Armani Watts suffered an upper rib injury earlier in the season that he aggravated against LSU, leaving him questionable against Wake Forest in Friday's Belk Bowl, said interim head coach Jeff Banks on Thursday.
Watts and the A&M training staff will decide if the four-year starter will play, said Banks, adding that if there's any why Watts can play that he will.
“He’s healthy, it’s just a matter of how he feels,” Banks said at the Belk Bowl's media day. “He’s a veteran player. [He's] started almost every game here in the history of his career here. We trust his opinion and how he feels and we’ll go from there.”
Watts did not participate in the Aggie’s bowl practice Tuesday at Charlotte Country Day High School, according to the Dallas Morning News. Banks said the nagging injury resurfaced in the 45-21 loss to LSU.
“Armani Watts has probably been the toughest player we’ve had since I’ve been here in five years,” Banks said. “We’re excited about him and coming to this bowl game and we’ll see how it goes.”
Watts started all 12 games for the Aggies this season and is second on the team in tackles with 87. Watts also has a team-leading four interceptions.
Watts has battled through injuries, missing the final three games of the Aggies 2016 season after tearing his hamstring against Ole Miss. He sat out a total of four games last season.
“Armani Watts has played through a lot of injuries,” Banks said. “One time, last year at Ole Miss when he had an injury that took him out for the rest of the season, that still goes strongly to his heart. I know he wants to finish this game with a win and he would want nothing more for us for us to win the game and for him to be a part of it.”