Texas A&M Football: 3 Aggie MVPs for the month of October

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Devon Achane, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports /

Texas A&M Football October MVP No. 3: RB Devon Achane

It may come as a surprise to some that Devon Achane, Texas A&M’s second-string runningback, is my third MVP, but when you take a close look, it makes more sense than you’d think.

Not only did Achane nearly match Isaiah Spiller‘s 416-yard rushing total with 381 yards, but the backup runningback actually pulled in more receiving yards on the month with 103. This put the two Aggie backs almost exactly even in total yardage, with Spiller recording 489 total yards to Achane’s 484.

But there’s one important stat that I haven’t yet mentioned — kick return yards.

Sure, Achane only returned a single kickoff for a touchdown, but man — it was a good one. The Aggie runningback isn’t known for his cutback ability or his power. Instead, Devon Achane may be the fastest sprinter in the entire country.

He had this speed on full display against Alabama after the Tide had driven down the field and scored a touchdown, bringing the game within one score. On the ensuing kickoff, Achane would field the ball at the four-yard line before hitting a hole.

The average spectator may not have thought much of it, but Texas A&M football fans knew it was over at that moment. Once he broke through the first level of blocking, it was game over — again, there may not be a player in the country who can keep up with Achane. After taking it to the house, the Aggies would see almost no offensive production for the remainder of the half, making this touchdown return even more important.

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There are bigger names from the month of October on this football team, but I’m not sure any of them were more impactful all-around than Achane.