Did these Texas A&M football players hold off the offense?
The Texas A&M football team had plenty of talent last season — the Aggies could send more than seven guys to the NFL via the draft this summer. Some of the hottest draft prospects are offensive players for this Aggie football team.
Specifically, this list is headlined by names like Kenyon Green, Jalen Wydermyer and Isaiah Spiller, three of the team’s best players over the past three seasons.
All three Aggie offensive players have eight All-SEC selections between them and more than their fair share of hype heading into the NFL Draft. That said, no one ever asked the big question: What if these players hold off Texas A&M’s offense?
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What if Jalen Wydermyer and Isaiah Spiller hold back the attack?
I want to make it clear that I don’t think the answer to this question is yes. That said, I think it’s worth considering what’s on everyone’s mind.
Throughout the 2021 season, we’ve seen Zach Calzada sit in the pocket for… well, too long. Aggie’s quarterback-turned-sub had obvious talent, but was apparently afraid to take the football out. Why?
The easy answer here is that Calzada wasn’t ready for the spotlight and was just nervous in the pocket. In a sense, that was refuted by a daring performance against Alabama’s No. 1 that saw the Jimbo Fisher become the first former Nick Saban assistant to knock out the Crimson Tide. Still, quarterback Aggie struggled to release the ball often throughout 2021.
But Calzada wasn’t always shy about throwing the ball. Heck, in games against lesser opponents, he had no problem kicking the ball around successfully.
That turns eyes on A&M’s receiving corps, which was unsuccessful last season. Caleb Chapman continued to struggle with injuries, while Demond Demas (who has since been kicked off the team) looked like he couldn’t break out in his second season.
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The team leader in the air was Jalen Wydemyer, who struggled with testing. Aggie’s tight end ran a disappointing 5.03 on his Pro Day. This was accompanied by disappointing times from virtually every player who ran, including Isaiah Spiller and Kenyon Green.
It’s not the most enticing question for Texas A&M football fans, but someone has to ask it – did the Aggies’ lack of speed hurt them offensively?
Heck, even Kenyon Green’s 5.25 40-yard dash would have made him one of the slowest offensive linemen in the game. Combine NFL. Wydermyer would be dead last among the tight ends. Spiller would be the penultimate running back. These are all very bad numbers.
I’m not going to sit behind a keyboard and say these players caused the death of the Texas A&M offense, but this unit’s lack of speed may have given them metaphorical weight at bat. A lack of speed only makes a team easier to cover, which may have been the main reason for Calzada’s reluctance to kick the ball.
Next year we will have an idea of how this offense can survive without these major contributors. Don’t be surprised if the offense seems physically quick, especially with Devon Achane leading the backfield.