When looking back upon the Texas A&M football team’s 2021 season, there will be more negative takeaways than positive takeaways. That said, it’s very easy to get caught up in what went wrong and not look at what went right.
Even though A&M finished the year on a sour note against LSU and fell to four losses on the year, the high points were huge in 2021.
Today, I’m going to be covering three underrated statistics from throughout the 2021 season, shedding a more positive light on Jimbo Fisher’s letdown year.
Texas A&M Football Stat No. 1: Red Zone Defense
The Texas A&M football team’s defense struggled to stay off of the field at times due to a relatively incompetent offense. Because of this, many of the Aggies’ defensive stats don’t look as good as they would have if they had spent less time on the turf.
That said, certain stats are immune to that type of bias.
In this case, that stat is red zone defense, an area where Texas A&M thrived in 2021. The Aggies finished 8th in the country in red zone defense percentage, only allowing scores on 22 of opposing teams’ 31 attempts. The Aggies were playing bend-don’t-break defense all year long and it showed up on the stat sheet.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that just 12 of these 22 scores were touchdowns. The other 10 attempts gave opposing teams a field goal to work with.