2020 Texas A&M Aggies Team Preview
Texas A&M is looked at as a second tier team in the SEC. The Alabamas, Georgias, and LSUs of the conference are talked about in a whole other conversation. With the hiring of Jimbo Fisher in 2018, they have the expectation that he gets them into that conversation. While it has been a bumpy road thus far, they’re headed in the right direction. Fisher has brought in a few solid recruiting classes, but they really need to put it all together on the field.
Kellen Mond is back for his senior season for the Aggies. Mond has started the past two seasons and played the majority of the season as a freshman. The most experienced QB in the SEC will need to take that next step this season if A&M wants to compete for a conference championship. Mond has had his fair share of struggles in his career, but the flashes of talent are definitely there.
The Aggies have the explosive duo of Isaiah Spiller and Ainias Smith at RB. Spiller especially really made a name for himself down the stretch of the 2019 season. By the time the 2022 NFL Draft rolls around, Spiller will likely be talked about as one of the top backs in the country. Smith, among others including former 4 star and UCF transfer Cordarrian Richardson, will compete for touches.
After losing Quartney Davis, Texas A&M will need to rework their WR group slightly, but it shouldn’t be too difficult with Jhamon Ausbon coming back for his senior season. Ausbon has been a productive member of the Aggie offense and will now be the number 1 target in the offense. With another productive season, Ausbon could make a push to stand out in a talented WR class. Senior WR Camron Buckley will start out in the slot and freshman Demond Demas is the favorite to be the other starting WR at this point. Demas is an explosive athlete and is ready to play in the SEC in his first year.
For my money, Jalen Wydermyer is the best player on the team. As a 4 star recruit, Wydermyer had a lot of hype around him going into his freshman season. He caught 32 passes for 447 yards and 6 touchdowns. He showed flashes of potential and has a promising future. Baylor Cupp will be a redshirt freshman. The former 4 star will get into the mix on offense.
The A&M offensive line is highlighted by sophomore Kenyon Green, who will start at guard. Green is one of the best offensive linemen in the conference and, as a former 5 star, he also has the versatility to play tackle. Jared Hocker and Ryan McCollum will play next to Green on the interior. Fellow senior Carson Green will start at tackle to make for a generally experienced O-line. With it collectively being a thin group overall, Dan Moore Jr. will round out the offensive line and will start at tackle.
A&M looks to have a dynamic rotation across the D-line. The name everyone must know is Demarvin Leal, a highly recruited 5 star who has the versatility to play inside and outside on the front. Fellow sophomore Bobby Brown will likely start next to Leal on the interior to make for a young and explosive duo on the interior. As a senior, Jayden Peevy will also get in on the rotation. Leal will likely spend some time on the edge along with JUCO transfer Michael Clemons. Tyree Johnson will also get time as a pass rusher.
After a big 2019 season, Buddy Johnson should be on every team’s radar for the 2021 NFL Draft. Johnson returns for his senior season as a starter. He will be counted on to elevate the play of everyone around him if this defense really wants to take the next step in 2020. Anthony Hines looks to be the surefire starter at WILL to make for a pretty solid LB duo.
Elijah Blades brings length and solid movement skills to the Aggie’s secondary. He will start at boundary corner and will have to be taken seriously by NFL Draft scouts. Myles Jones is the current favorite to start opposite Blades on the outside. Like most teams, the nickel position is a starter for them and it will likely be a competition between Devin Morris and Trayvon Fuller. Morris will likely be the starter on day 1 because of the physicality he can bring to the defense. Fuller is also versatile enough to play any of the corner spots.
Leon O’Neal Jr. will start again at safety with Demani Richardson. Both will need to take serious strides this season to put together any sort of serious draft stock. This is a secondary with a lot of experience that also brings in 5 star recruit Jaylon Jones. Jones has positional versatility to play CB and safety. I think he’ll start the season out in a rotational role somewhere in the secondary, but I’d bet that by the end of the season, he’s a sure fire starter.