3 takeaways from the Texas A&M football team’s 2021 rollercoaster season

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The Texas A&M football team’s 2021 regular season is finally over. I say finally because the season was one of the most emotionally draining in recent TAMU memory. The Aggies will still play in a bowl game, but their pre-scheduled games have concluded. At 8-4, it wasn’t the season anybody was expecting — still, it wasn’t a total loss.

The headline here will be that Jimbo Fisher earned $95 million of guaranteed money and landed at eight wins again. That said, Aggie fans know that there was much more going on this season.

So rather than linger on the ugly after a 27-24 loss against a middling LSU team, I’m going to give the biggest three takeaways from the 2021 season as a whole.

Takeaway No. 1: The Texas A&M football team had the right pieces at the wrong time

One of the toughest mental barriers to cross was that of the sheer star power that this Texas A&M football team possessed. The Aggies have three offensive players who will likely be first-round draft picks in 2022 but only had the 68th-ranked offense in the country.

How is this possible.

It’s simple, really. Kenyon Green, Jalen Wydermyer, and Isaiah Spiller were in College Station at the wrong time. The positive here is that all of them are juniors, giving each player the opportunity to return next season. Will they? Probably not, but it’s not completely impossible.

Each one of these players could have been stars on a national championship team. Green is one of the best offensive linemen in the entire country, Wydermyer is the Aggies’ all-time leader in receiving yards, and Spiller might be the top rusher in the 2022 Draft.

As for the rest of this team — young players who will have a chance to shine in a couple of years.