HERO Sports is counting down the days until the kickoff of the 2018 college football season on Saturday, Aug. 25, by featuring the best player in the FBS at each jersey number, from 99-1. Each day, from May 18 through Aug. 24, we'll publish one article showcasing the best player whose jersey number matches the number of days remaining.
No. 88 Kingsley Keke
Texas A&M – DE
Kingsley Keke did not arrive in College Station in 2015 as a highly touted recruit. While the big defensive tackle from Richmond, Texas, carried big-time offers, he was a 247Sports Composite three-star prospect and the 455th-ranked player in the country.
The 6-foot-3, 319-pounder played sparingly as a true freshman before breaking out a year later with seven tackles for loss and four sacks, ranking among the top interior linemen in the FBS in both categories. The pressure numbers dipped a tad (2.5 tackles for loss, one sack) last year but he remained an active force inside. And now Kingsley is in the best shape of his life and is the best No. 88 in college football.
"I feel like I can go an extra three or four plays harder than I used to," said Keke in March after losing 18 percent of his body fat since the end of last season.
With that maybe we'll see more back-to-back impact plays like he had last year when sacking South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley on 1st-and-10 and pressuring him into a checkdown on the next play: