When thinking about the best player on Texas A&M Football’s 2021 roster, there are a few names that come to mind. DeMarvin Leal, the defensive end who has all of the potential in the world and is due for a breakout season. Heads may turn to Jalen Wydermyer, the tight end who is projected at the top of his position group in the 2022 NFL Draft. Even the Aggies’ quarterback competition could see a star born in the 2021 season.
But none of these players have proven it the way that the Aggies’ starting runningback has.
Isaiah Spiller may not be the most talked-about player on this team, but he is the best returning runningback in the SEC, no question about it. Spiller has more career rushing yards than any other player at his position in the conference and he’ll be playing in a loaded backfield.
In 2021, Texas A&M Football’s offense will lean on Spiller while new players get comfortable
Isaiah Spiller was never the headliner for the Texas A&M Football team. He has been elite — nobody will deny that, but he was always the second name thought of offensively in discussions about the Aggies’ football team. The first was Kellen Mond.
But now Mond is on the Minnesota Vikings, and the 3.5-year starter handed the baton to Isaiah Livers, who will hopefully be able to run his team toward a championship.
Whether or not Spiller knows it, he will be the most important player on the Texas A&M Football team in 2021. The passing game will likely lag behind for a bit, turning to their experienced runner to pick up the slack while a new offensive line and new quarterback get settled.
In reality, this is the perfect situation for a team losing key offensive linemen and their long-time quarterback.
If Spiller was able to find success on a unit that leaned on Kellen Mond, imagine what he’s going to be capable of when he’s the go-to guy. The offense will run through Spiller, and Spiller should thrive.
And that is exactly the reason why he has the potential to find his name among Heisman candidates when voting rolls around at the end of the season. It’s the perfect storm for Jimbo Fisher’s run unit and the SEC is going to have to suffer.