Texas A&M Football: RB Devon Achane predicted receiving stats 2021
Through the air, I don’t think it’ll be so easy to predict Achane’s numbers. As previously mentioned, he wasn’t part of this team’s original game plan. This means that the way that they used him in 2020 won’t be a great indicator for how they’ll use him in 2021.
With Spiller being a more traditional work-horse runningback, this will open up the door for Achane to enter the game on passing downs as an option out of the backfield. This will be extra valuable for a first-year quarterback in Haynes King, who won’t likely be launching the ball downfield very frequently.
If Achane has a big year, it’ll start in the passing game, where he found a lot of success last season. In 2020, he caught just 5 passes. That said, he was extremely efficient on those receptions, accumulating 97 yards and a touchdown.
Achane’s speed could turn him into a big threat on screen passes, so expect Jimbo Fisher to run a handful of those. Still, his numbers are relatively unpredictable, as we don’t have much of a sample to work from.
Last year, this role was occupied by Ainias Smith. If anything holds back Achane, it could be Smith’s role in the passing game. Still, Achane may take over that role this coming season.
Predicted Receiving Yards: 600 yards
Predicted Receiving Touchdowns: 5