The Texas A&M football team takes on Alabama this week for what was originally slated to be the game of the year. Unfortunately, as many preseason projections go, this would eventually turn out to be wildly inaccurate, with the Crimson Tide living up to expectations and the Aggies falling short of expectations and falling out of the top-25.
Now, this is another game on the path to, in all likelihood, another undefeated regular season for Alabama.
Still, the Aggies have a shot at upsetting the Tide. It may be more of a pipe dream not, but there’s still a chance at this happening. As a result, we have to take this game as seriously as any other.
Today, I’m going to be looking at each of Alabama’s top offensive players and what they’re capable of.
Texas A&M Football Scouting Report: Alabama’s top offensive players
QB Bryce Young: I figured I’d get Bryce Young, Heisman favorite, out of the way early. Young might be the best player in the country — this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he was the top-ranked high school prospect in the country for the 2020 class and now the starting quarterback at Alabama. If there’s a guy who can gash a pretty stout Aggie secondary, it’s Young, who has completed over 73% of his passes on the year.
Notable Stats: 73.2% completion, 1365 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
RB Brian Robinson Jr: You know what? All things considered, Brian Robinson Jr. isn’t that good by Alabama’s standards. I mean, he’s really good, but regular good. Does that make sense?
The tide average just over 163 yards of rushing offense per game — if the season ended today, that would be their lowest average since 2007, the year Saban took over as the Tide’s head coach. Again, it’s still a respectable rushing attack, but Brian Robinson Jr. doesn’t pose the same type of threat that Derrick Henry or Najee Harris did.
Notable Stats: 379 rushing yards, 6 TD
WR John Metchie: John Metchie is actually having a relatively quiet season compared to what was expected of him before the year. With the departures of DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, Metchie was supposed to step up, as he was the team’s second-leading receiver last season.
He’s been just “alright” so far in 2021, seeing a significant drop in yards per reception (-6.5 yards), while securing just two touchdowns through the air so far. Again, he’s still a really strong player, he’s just not a 23-touchdown, near-2,000-yard type of guy like his predecessor in Smith.
Notable Stats: 27 receptions, 275 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
WR Jameson Williams: I wasn’t originally planning on putting Jameson Williams on this list, but he’s been undeniably the Tide’s best receiver. The former top-100 recruit and Ohio State transfer has had a really solid season.
Williams has 364 yards, but perhaps most threateningly, his average yards per reception stands at 21.4. That is top ten in the country and even more impressive when you consider the fact that he’s only reached the endzone three times. A&M will have to stay in front of Williams, as he could be the player who torches this secondary.
Notable Stats: 17 receptions, 364 yards, 3 TD, 21.4 yards per reception