Kneauxing the Enemy
Record: 7-4 overall, 4-3 SEC
Texas A&M stands in the way of an undefeated regular season for the Purple and Gold. Like the Tigers, A&M has played a tough schedule this year, but unlike LSU, they have lost. The Aggies have lost to Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia.
The Aggies lost two key components on offense from last season, running back Trayveon Williams and tight end Jace Sternberger, who left early for the NFL. The A&M offense has not recovered, so far. Williams rushed for over 1700 yards last year.
Texas A&M, however, returned three offensive linemen from the 2018 squad. They are junior tackles Dan Moore, Jr., and Carson Green, and junior guard Jared Hocker. Despite this, they have not been able to run the ball well this year against strong opponents. Texas A&M frequently encounters second and third and long situations, which is not good.
Cordarrian Richardson and Isaiah Spiller have been the two primary ball carriers for the Aggies this season. Spiller, a freshman, rushed for a team game high of 90 yards twice, against Alabama and Mississippi State. Richardson rushed for 130 yards against South Carolina. Last week, against Georgia, Spiller ran for a total of seven yards. Spiller has rushed for 803 yards this year, tops on the squad.
The Aggie quarterback is junior Kellond Mond, the third leading passer in the SEC this season. Mond has passed for 246 yards per game, with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has completed 63 percent of his passes. Mond is also the second leading rusher on the team with 392 yards. This includes 165 yards lost, primarily because he has been sacked 24 times this year.
His favorite receiver is junior Jhamon Ausbon, the sixth leading receiver in the league. He has 63 receptions for 840 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Quartney Davis has 46 catches for 553 yards and four touchdowns.
The leading receiver, however, in three of the last four SEC games, has been freshman tight end Jaylen Wydermeyer. He has 28 receptions for 406 yards and six touchdowns for the year.
On defense, the Aggies have been stingy over their last five games. In their last game at Georgia, they limited the Bulldogs to 260 total yards in a 19-13 loss. It was a game the Aggies could have won, despite having only minus one yard rushing in the contest.
The Aggies allowed 268 yards in the air against Clemson earlier in the season, yielding 11 yards per catch. Against Alabama they allowed 293 yards passing, giving up 14 yards per reception.
Texas A&M has allowed roughly 24 points a game to SEC opponents.
Junior linebacker Buddy Johnson leads the team in tackles with 67, 36 unassisted. He is joined at the linebacker position by sophomore Anthony Hines who has 58 tackles, 32 unassisted.
The big hitter in the secondary is sophomore Leon O'Neal, Jr., with 34 tackles and 26 solos.
Junior defensive lineman Justin Madubuike has four sacks for the season, tops on the team.
The Aggies have the fifth best punter in the land in senior Braden Mann. He averages 47.4 yards per punt.
Twelve wins and no losses sounds great going into the SEC championship game.