November Texas A&M Football Key Players, No. 2: S Leon O’Neal Jr.
Strangely, Leon O’Neal Jr. played his best football when his team was struggling. The Aggie safety had two early-season interceptions, taking one of them to the house for Texas A&M’s first defensive touchdown of the year.
Since then, he’s been… quiet, I guess.
You’d have to nitpick to find any issues in the rest of his performances, as he has deflected five passes and recovered a fumble, but he hasn’t really shown up the same way that he did early in the year.
If the Aggies want to prove that they have one of the best defenses in the country, it starts with one of their leaders in O’Neal.
November Texas A&M Football Key Players, No. 3: CB Jaylon Jones
Jaylon Jones is only a sophomore, and as a cornerback, experience is key. That said, Jones had to put his big boy pants on early when his cornerback counterpart in Myles Jones was officially listed as being out for the remainder of the season. The Aggies would also lose another cornerback in Brian George.
On the year, Jaylon has been “okay.” He hasn’t really done anything noteworthy, which, I guess, could be considered a positive. He hasn’t been outrageously horrible.
That said, his lack of noteworthy performances has led to a slight regression of the Aggie secondary in the eyes of many. If A&M wants to be able to stop teams like Auburn, and most importantly, Ole Miss, Jones needs to step up as a force in the secondary.
A strong finish to the year from the sophomore cornerback could go a long way.