The Texas A&M Football team doesn’t have a shred of doubt that the runningback position can produce in 2021. That said, there could be an interesting positional battle going on throughout the season.
Last season, the Aggies’ undeniable first-string runningback was Isaiah Spiller. Going into 2021, that’ll likely be the case in the first game of the season. That said, Spiller shouldn’t feel too confident about his position as 2021 approaches.
The reason? He has Devon Achane breathing down his neck. Achane didn’t do much throughout the entirety of the 2021 season, but he became a household name for Texas A&M families with his performance in the Orange Bowl.
Texas A&M Football’s second-string runningback made a name for himself
In that game alone, Achane accounted for 164 yards of total offense, putting the SEC on notice for what he’d be capable of down the road. That said, the 164 would just be an addition to a decent freshman campaign that saw him accumulate 461 total yards from scrimmage, 364 of which came on the ground.
His yearly numbers are a little bit discouraging, but it’s important to remember that he didn’t play in a single game until October 17th. He only appeared in six games, with only three of those games seeing him carry the ball more than four times.
Achane primarily played at the end of the season. The Aggies’ coaching staff has now shown that they’re willing to give him more carries, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he could eventually overtake Spiller. But will it happen?
Here are 3 reasons why Devon Achane taking over the RB1 spot is a real possibility.