Texas A&M Football Player No. 1: CB Jaylon Jones
When I was trying to decide who was the star player for the Aggies on Saturday, there were a few players who could have contended for that position. Peevy and Clemons were both options, but they didn’t have a 60-minute body of work to back it.
The game also saw strong performances from Aaron Hansford, who had a team-leading nine tackles, and Demani Richardson, who had a sack and two QB hurries. But one player stood higher than these three guys against Auburn.
That player is Jaylon Jones, the Aggies’ second-year cornerback.
Jones needed to have a strong performance against an Auburn team that can be strong in the passing game. With his counterpart in Myles Jones out for the year, it was clear that Jaylon needed to take his game to the next level.
He did just that on Saturday. Beyond the four tackles that Jones recorded, he deflected two Bo Nix-thrown passes. His true impact, however, would come late in the fourth quarter on a game-sealing interception during the final drive of the game.
It was his second interception of the year and third of his career. He made this one count, putting the game out of reach and earning his team a win over a top-15 football team.