Texas A&M Football will need all the contributions they can get from everybody on Saturday in order to pull off an upset. Will Ainias Smith be one of them?
Texas A&M Football has had plenty of question-marks on offense so far this season.
One of those question marks has been depth. Starting running back Jashaun Corbin went down for the season with a hamstring injury in the second quarter against Clemson in week two, leading to freshman Isaiah Spiller starting.
In addition to the lack of depth at running back, wide receiver has not had the best luck among the offensive positions either. Quartney Davis sat out of the Aggies game against Lamar last week, but is expected to play.
One bright spot amongst the chaos on offense is the emergence of the freshmen, including Spiller. The other freshman who has stood out is Ainias Smith.
With Davis out of action on Saturday, Smith got an extended look on the field, especially in the second half. Smith made six catches for 66 yards and a late touchdown in the blowout win, marking a successful game in his first career game for the Aggies after not appearing in the first two.
While Davis will be back and Jhamon Ausbon, the Aggies number two wide receiver, expected to make a big impact, Smith’s role heading into the game is unclear.
What is clear is that the Aggies look to have a secret weapon in Smith. Thanks to him playing in only one game, there is little film on Smith, while there is also proof that he can explode for big plays and a productive game.
In order to beat Auburn this weekend, the Aggies are going to need to get creative. Part of that creativity should be looking to get Smith, who has the hot hand, involved as much as possible.