Texas A&M Football: Aggies’ report card in win vs. Alabama

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The Texas A&M football team now owns the best win of the season in college football

The Texas A&M football team walked onto Kyle Field with extremely slim chances of taking home a win. Heck, I wrote about why they could upset Alabama countless times and I’m not sure if I truly believed it come game time.

That said, the Aggies made it clear that they meant business against the Tide, going up early and sticking around long enough to pull one of the biggest upsets in college football in recent memory. It was a complete game, with strong performances from every position group on the field.

That said, today I’m going to grade each position group based on their performance against Alabama.

Kicker/Punter: B-

The kicker/punter grouping actually gets a relatively low grade to kick things off, as I have a bone to pick with both guys. That said, neither of them actually did anything wrong — you’ll see what I mean.

For starters, Nik Constantinou had one of his punts blocked which led to an Alabama touchdown that could have easily been avoided. This wasn’t his fault to any capacity. Rather, this was a special teams blocking error and likely falls on the coaches for not preparing better blockers. Outside of that, Constantinou had an average night.

Seth Small had a strong night, making all five of his extra points and both of his field goals, which included the last-second game-winner. That said, that very same last-second game-winner made every single Texas A&M football fan in the world’s heart miss a beat, as it looked destined to miss left before curving right and sneaking in through the uprights.

Nick, if you’re reading this, I appreciate you. Just try to make it less stressful next time.

Tight Ends: A-

When I say tight ends, I’m basically referring to Jalen Wydermyer, who is the team’s primary player at that position. That said, Wydermyer finally had the strong game that we’ve been waiting for all season long.

The 6-5 potential 2022 first-round NFL Draft pick was the first Aggie to reach the endzone on the night via a 27-yard touchdown pass from Zach Calzada. It was something that we thought we’d be seeing more frequently this year and instantly got A&M off to a hot start offensively — something that they desperately needed.

Wydermyer would finish the game with three total receptions for 73 yards on the night, giving Calzada another strong option to throw the ball to. Wydermyer’s performance won’t turn any heads on a national scale, but his performance cracked the offense open and functioned as a well-needed catalyst.