Texas A&M Football Key Performers, No. 1: TE Jalen Wydermyer
There are a lot of players that I could name the MVP of the game, but none stuck out to me the way this one did.
Many fans were disappointed with Jalen Wydermyer’s season thus far. He hadn’t done anything particularly negative — no excess of drops, missed blocks, or any sort of miscues. He simply hadn’t shown up much in the passing game.
On the year, he had only recorded 21 receptions for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Modest numbers, but strong ones for a tight end if the bar isn’t set too high. That said, the bar was already set high — nothing was going to change that.
Thankfully, Wydermyer stepped up just when everybody had counted him out.
The Aggie tight end caught two crucial touchdown passes. One of them came in the first quarter on a 25-yard play from Zach Calzada, while the other came early in the second quarter and accounted for 28 of his total yards. These plays, along with Smith’s return touchdown, set the tone for this game offensively in College Station.
Oh, and he broke the Aggies’ all-time tight end receiving record.
Without Wydermyer’s performance, I don’t know that the Aggies would be able to hang 44 points on the Gamecocks. For that reason, Wydermyer is my top performer on the night.