Texas A&M Football Player No. 2: Will RB Devon Achane surpass Isaiah Spiller on the depth chart?
In hindsight, this storyline was relatively predictable heading into the season. Heck, I even wrote an article about how Devon Achane could surpass Isaiah Spiller on the depth chart six months ago in the dead of the offseason.
Still, I’m not sure if I ever truly believed that it was possible. But wild things happen in college football.
As things stand, we’re two weeks away from the conclusion of Texas A&M’s 2021 regular season and the two have had nearly identical seasons statistically. Here’s what their numbers look like side by side through ten games.
- Isaiah Spiller: 159 carries, 914 yards, 5 TD, 25 receptions, 189 yards, 1 TD
- Devon Achane: 108 carries, 816 yards, 7 TD, 19 receptions, 189 yards, 1 TD, 1 KR TD
First and foremost, these numbers are largely a testament to how efficient a two-runningback system has been for the Aggies. Both backs are averaging new career-highs in yards per carry, with Devon Achane leading the nation in that statistic. Opposing teams cannot adjust to either back, as they have drastically differing playstyles.
But when you’re comparing the stats of the two Aggie stars, the argument could be made that Achane’s stats are more impressive. With a significantly higher YPC number, more touchdowns, and a special teams kickoff return touchdown, Achane may be the Aggies’ best offensive player so far this year.
As a true sophomore, there hasn’t been a more exciting storyline to watch than that of Achane. This should continue through the remainder of the season, as we’ll get a better idea of whether Achane can take on a full load of RB duties.