Texas A&M Football Stat No. 2: Kickoff, Punt Returns
Since the arrival of Ainias Smith, the Texas A&M football team has been in great hands when it comes to special teams. The Aggie runningback-turned-wide receiver has been elite in every facet of the game. As a punt returner though, he was even better.
Smith averaged over 11 yards per return this season and against South Carolina, took a punt 95 yards to the house. That’s the second-longest punt return in college football history and a large reason why Smith’s stats look so elite.
But that’s not even A&M’s best special teams stat.
Their best special teams stat is in regards to kickoff returns, where Devon Achane was a star for A&M. The Aggie backup runningback was elite all year long, taking a key kickoff to the endzone during the Alabama game. On the year, he led Texas A&M to a season that saw them average 30.55 yards per kickoff return, making the Aggies one of just two teams to average over 30.
Jimbo Fisher clearly knows the importance and energy gained from special teams — this team played complementary football all year long.