Bold Prediction No. 5: Caleb Chapman will explode onto the SEC scene
I’ll give you this — I’ve been waiting for Caleb Chapman to have a breakout game for the entirety of the season. After a relatively slow start to the year, he’d sustain an injury that has kept him out for most of the season.
He returned for the Aggies’ win over South Carolina just over a week ago and wasn’t much of a factor in that game. But I still believe that he can have a huge impact on this squad. Here’s why.
Chapman is tall — that’s not a secret. At 6’5″, he’s larger than most Power Five tight ends. So why doesn’t he play tight end, you ask?
To put it simply, he’s not really built to play tight end. The Aggie wideout is skinny and fast. If you couldn’t see him towering over defensive backs and other wide receivers, you wouldn’t even realize how tall he is. He moves like a much smaller player, with a top speed that may not be matched by any defender in the SEC.
The Aggies’ offensive shortcomings will be blamed on a backup quarterback entering a role that he was not ready for with a banged-up offensive line, as they should be. That said, the lack of Chapman in this offense has had a bigger impact than you might think.
When he’s back, truly back, you’ll know.
For now, it’s a waiting game. In all likelihood, he’s not at 100%, which is why he hasn’t had much of an impact as of late. As he returns to full health, the SEC will remember how impactful he can be.