This is the part where you’re supposed to say “no disrespect to Texas, but..,” except I’m just going to disrespect all of their skill position players. They don’t have anyone like Trayveon Williams on their roster right now, unless one of the true freshman light it up in year one, which is unlikely.
Ehlinger was Texas’ leading rusher a year ago with 381 yards. They went out and got graduate transfer Tre Watson from Cal, but he’s probably just the starter in a mediocre running back by committee approach. His career high at Cal was 709 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He is also coming off a torn ACL from the 2017 season.
Texas’ leading receiver was Collin Johnson, who had 54 receptions, 765 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He is the most likely candidate to break out, and he’s been put on the Biletnikoff watch list for best receiver and the Walter Camp list for best player.
But those statistics aren’t elite numbers, and most of them came in two of their first games of the season against Maryland and USC.
Meanwhile, Williams is on the Doak Walker Award watch list for best running back and the Maxwell Award watch list for best offensive player overall.
He had 2,138 yards from scrimmage, 16 touchdowns and averaged 5.8 yards per touch in his first two seasons, and is in line to be the bell cow of the A&M offense with Fisher. Williams racked up these statistics in a pass-first offense. Fisher will run a much more balanced attack and the offensive line will be more physical this season.
Don’t be surprised if Williams hovers around 1,800-2,000 yards from scrimmage this season. No one on Texas will do that.
Sorry, Longhorn fans, but the Aggies will be a better team in the 2018 season.