When you think of the runningback position for the Texas A&M Football team, the player that will pop into your mind is Isaiah Spiller. Spiller was the Aggies’ workhorse last year, carrying the ball a team-leading 188 times in 2020, amounting to a rushing total of 1,036 yards. Spiller reached the endzone nine times.
But with the spotlight on Spiller, many fans and experts are overlooking the next guy in line who could be set for a breakout season of his own. That player is Devon Achane.
Achane had a quiet start to his career as a freshman, only accumulating 364 yards on the season. This, however, does not tell the full story of Achane’s Texas A&M journey thus far. The Aggie back only played in six games and averaged a jarring 8.5 yards per carry, which led the team. He also reached the endzone five times in total.
Devon Achane’s stats don’t tell the whole story, as he was thrown into Texas A&M Football’s lineup late in the season
Achane wasn’t part of the team’s early-season gameplan, as he didn’t appear in a game until October 17th at Mississippi State. Against the Bulldogs, he rushed the ball for 20 yards on four attempts. The real breakout performance for Achane was against the South Carolina Gamecocks, where he had 135 all-purpose yards with a pair of trips to the endzone.
He quickly formed one of the most difficult-to-stop one-two punches in the SEC with Spiller, becoming virtually unstoppable in the Orange Bowl against North Carolina.
Today, I’m going to be predicting his stat total over the course of the 2021 season. This will include his rushing stats and receiving stats.