Texas A&M football: 30 greatest players of all-time

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /
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Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M Aggies
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Stats – 600 carries, 3,615 yards 34 rushing touchdowns; 66 receptions, 561 yards, one touchdown

Accolades – First-Team All-SEC, Second-Team All-American

Team signature moment – Beating the LSU Tigers in seven overtimes for the first time in SEC play

I fully expect to hear it from Old Army about this, and am aware I may be experiencing some recency bias when putting Trayveon Williams as the second best A&M running back of all-time, but hear me out.

Williams put up 1,855 yards rushing in his first two seasons in a gimmicky, pass-heavy offense under Kevin Sumlin. In the one year he was put in a scheme more suited to take advantage of his skill set, he set the single-season Texas A&M rushing record, the single-season yards from scrimmage record and the single season all-purpose yards record.

He rushed for 1,760 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2018. It was, by any measure, the greatest season by a running back in school history.

Imagine if he was put in a run-first offense like Darren Lewis for all three years. He would have come closer to Lewis’ career rushing yards number and maybe have contended for a Heisman Trophy.

Not to mention, Williams is still No. 3 on the A&M all-time rushing yards list, even without his senior season — both Lewis and Curtis Dickey played all four years at A&M. He also holds the school record for most 200+ yard rushing games.

So, while he may not have been the most talented running back to grace Kyle Field, he put together the most productive season ever, and likely could have done more with three years in Jimbo Fisher’s offense.