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

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Texas A&M football report card, Week 6 vs. Alabama

Offensive Line: B

All things considered, I could give Texas A&M’s offensive line an A+ considering the circumstances. Those circumstances involved losing a starting lineman in Luke Matthews, who underwent a season-ending surgery this week.

That said, the unit had a solid game. Nobody is going to be calling home about the offensive line’s performance, but they held up decently well in the run game and gave Zach Calzada enough time to settle in the pocket. The Aggies weren’t getting dominated by a three-man rush the way that they were against Arkansas, which was a good sign moving forward.

The return of Layden Robinson definitely helped this unit to a strong day. That said, there are improvements that can be made in the run game.

Defensive Line: A-

Texas A&M’s defensive line had a really good night. That said, the box score didn’t necessarily show it, which is why I’m only giving them an A-.

On the night, the Aggies as a whole managed to sack Bryce Young four times along with five QB hurries and four tackles for loss on the night. Again, the stats seem modest, but they were able to be disruptive enough up front early to keep Bryce Young on his heels.

Players like Micheal Clemons, DeMarvin Leal, and Jayden Peevy were disruptive all night and pushing back Alabama’s offensive line, even if it didn’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet. This was a good night from the unit, just not a very surprising one.