The Texas A&M Football team had a rough year from its wide receivers in 2020. The leading player on the team in terms of total receiving yards wasn’t even a receiver in Ainias Smith. A player who looked like he was going to step up as the team’s top receiver was out with an injury.
That said, this team doesn’t necessarily hold the same fate as 2021 approaches. In fact, the Aggies may have more talent at the receiver position than they know what to do with.
While there wasn’t a single dominant player that was a part of this unit in 2020, there were a handful of players who were pretty impactful with almost no prior experience. These players were young, too.
Texas A&M Football’s Caleb Chapman is set to continue his breakout in 2020
One of the more disappointing stories from last season was the development of Caleb Chapman being cut short. In the same game that he broke out as a deep threat, he would go down with a knee injury on a game-winning touchdown against the Florida Gators. It was a bittersweet moment.
And after this, nobody really emerged as this team’s top receiver. Ainias Smith was the only guy who looked like he was ready to take on that role, but he’s not even a pure receiver. Even so, he plays in the slot, so the Aggies would still need a deep threat.
Queue Caleb Chapman.
Chapman was this team’s deep threat. There was nobody else last season, and that was an issue for an offense that didn’t have very many explosive plays. His return will have a bigger impact on this offense than most fans probably think.
It starts with his size. At 6-5, 195 pounds, he may be built like a number two pencil, but he can rise higher than any cornerback in the SEC. I don’t have specific numbers on height, but there are very few defenders who can keep up with his height and speed.
In 2021, he should emerge as the Aggies’ top receiving option. That said, Demond Demas will also be ready to step into the spotlight, so the Texas A&M Football team has no shortage of talent at wide out.