Texas A&M Football: 3 reasons why the defense will be elite 2021

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Texas A&M Football’s defense will be led by a handful of veteran players

COVID-19 didn’t do college football many favors. It shortened a season, and specifically for the Aggies, it only allowed teams to play conference games until bowl season. This may not seem significant, but it was one of the reasons that the Texas A&M Football team was snubbed from the College Football Playoff.

That said, despite some negative fortune as a result of the pandemic, Jimbo Fisher will reap some benefits in the 2021 season. Primarily, those benefits will come in the form of extra eligibility for some of the players on his defense that was already one of the best in college football.

This means that the Aggies will be fielding a unit that is significantly older than any past Texas A&M defenses in recent memory. Jimbo Fisher’s defense will be led by a few upperclassmen. Here is a list of 4th, 5th, and 6th-year players who should receive significant playing time.

  • Tyree Johnson (RS Senior)
  • Micheal Clemons (RS Senior)
  • Jayden Peevy (RS Senior)
  • Elijah Blades (RS Senior)
  • Myles Jones (Senior)
  • Leon O’Neal (Senior)
  • Keldrick Carper (Senior)
  • Aaron Hansford (RS Senior)

That is a long list of instant contributing players who have played a lot of College Football. They will be ready for the spotlight.

This is especially noteworthy, as college football teams generally thrive with a more experienced defense in contrast with strong offensive units, which can thrive without a broad knowledge of the game.

But that’s just the first part of the equation.