Texas A&M Football: 3 key things to keep an eye on week 1 vs. Kent State

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The Texas A&M Football team has a secondary that needs to develop

Last season, the Texas A&M Football team had one of the best defenses in college football. The defense was headlined by a menacing defensive line that featured players like Bobby Brown III, DeMarvin Leal, and Micheal Clemons, among others.

While Brown departed to the NFL, Leal is returning and widely expected to be one of the best overall players in college football. The rest of the defensive line should form around him. At worst, they have an extremely high floor.

But one area that Aggie fans can’t possibly have as much confidence in would be in the secondary, where they ranked 56th in the country last season.

The positive end of this is that Texas A&M returns almost all of its starters including Myles Jones, Jaylon Jones, Leon O’Neal, and Demani Richardson. Between these four players, there are 8 total career interceptions and more than a handful of pass deflections.

Each player should be set to take a huge step forward. That said, the secondary could decide how well this team does in the 2021 season, as part of what doomed them in 2020 was their inability to stop the pass against ‘Bama.

Kent State has one of the most threatening passing attacks in the country, averaging 323.5 yards per game through the air last season. They’ll return their starting quarterback from last year.

This, at the very least, will be a great test for the Aggies.