Texas A&M Football: 3 players to watch in Southwest Classic vs. Arkansas

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Player No. 2: Arkansas Football QB KJ Jefferson

Again, I apologize for the fact that I chose the two teams’ quarterbacks as players to watch. It seems simple, but I promise that I did this for a reason.

Through the air, I don’t think the Texas A&M football team has much to worry about from Jefferson. That isn’t to say that he’s a bad passer — Texas A&M just happens to have the most dominant passing defenses that we’ve seen in a long time. Jefferson is good, but there shouldn’t be any concern that the Aggies can stop him through the air.

His running game, however, could stir things up in Arlington.

When it comes to the quarterback position, KJ Jefferson has the 10th-most rushing yards of any player at his position. This lands him at second on his team with 180 yards and 7.5 yards per carry. The Razorback passer is dangerous on the ground.

Through this point, A&M hasn’t really been challenged by an overly threatening dual-threat quarterback. You could consider Terry Wilson of New Mexico a strong runner, but he hasn’t really proven it this year.

Expect more than a few plays to be extended thanks to Jefferson’s ability and willingness to run the football. This game means a lot for an Arkansas team that hasn’t been relevant in years, so their starting quarterback won’t be afraid to put his body on the line.