The Texas A&M football team has had its fair share of offensive struggles in 2021. That said, the defense has been elite through and through. Despite a couple of early injuries on Mike Elko’s defense, the squad as a whole has been among the best in the nation.
As a result, the Aggies find themselves in the top five in college football in terms of scoring defense, even after allowing 29 points against Ole Miss.
Notably, the Aggies have a strong secondary and one of the best defensive lines in the entire country, led by players like DeMarvin Leal, Micheal Clemons, and McKinnley Jackson. The secondary is led by Leon O’Neal and youngster Jaylon Jones.
These Texas A&M football stars will be representing the Aggies in this year’s Senior Bowl
Even though the season hasn’t panned out perfectly, the Texas A&M football team will be well represented in one of the most important bowl games of the postseason — the Senior Bowl.
As things stand, three Aggie football players have accepted invitations to the game.
Leon O’Neal Jr.
Leon O’Neal Jr. had a great start to his 2021 season with two interceptions in the Aggies’ season opener. One of these picks was brought back for a touchdown and had a solid Kent State offense on its heels all game long.
Since then, O’Neal hasn’t recorded another interception but has been a force defensively. The Aggie safety has recorded 50 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, and five pass deflections on the season.
Micheal Clemons has been one of the veteran leaders of the Aggies’ defense all year long. With a bit of instability on the defensive line, Clemons’ experience has been key in keeping this defense organized.
The sixth-year senior has 28 total tackles, matching his career-high, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. The Aggie defensive lineman has also recorded a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown this season. He’ll be a force in the Senior Bowl.
The third and final Aggie to accept a Senior Bowl invitation so far is Aaron Hansford, another sixth-year senior who will be representing the Texas A&M football team in the Senior Bowl.
Hansford has been another rock for an Aggie defense that has been extremely consistent this season. The Aggie linebacker leads the team in tackles with 73 on the year. He has also recorded two sacks, four pass deflections, and a fumble recovery, creating a hostile environment for opposing defenses all year long.