Texas A&M Football Player No. 2: DE Tyree Johnson
One of the more under-the-radar performances from Saturday came from defensive end Tyree Johnson, who had been somewhat of an afterthought on a dominant Texas A&M defensive line throughout the year.
On Saturday, he put his name on the map.
Johnson was applying pressure to the quarterback all night long, joining an elite defensive line in disrupting the backfield. His game was highlighted by two sacks on Heisman candidate Bryce Young, both of which resulted in a huge momentum shift for Texas A&M.
These sacks came within four plays of each other in the second quarter and had Kyle Field energized leading into halftime. Tyree Johnson would earn SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance.
I should also give credit to Micheal Clemons, another Aggie defensive end who stuffed the stat sheet. On the night, Clemons had three QB hurries, one pass deflection, one sack, and three total tackles. This defensive line showed out, especially in the first half.
If these two defensive ends can continue to produce, it’ll have a ripple effect that makes the Aggies’ pass defense as a whole return to its early-season form.