Texas A&M football has a good dilemma at the runningback position

Amari Daniels, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Amari Daniels, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M football team has only seen true rushing production from a couple of players in the past couple of seasons. Since Isaiah Spiller’s arrival in 2019, he’s been the workhorse for Jimbo Fisher’s offense, rushing the ball 541 times in those three seasons.

In 2020, Devon Achane came along, securing the RB2 spot in the offense through the 2021 season. But with Spiller’s departure, an interesting dilemma arises for the Texas A&M football team — who will fill in behind Achane in 2022?

The answer isn’t very simple, as Jimbo Fisher’s roster contains a handful of players who could fight for that spot. Heck, it may not even be as simple as that, either — the second runningback may not be set in stone until late in the season, as we saw with Achane in 2020.

Here’s what the Texas A&M football team’s runningback position looks like as 2022 approaches

Devon Achane, RB1: As mentioned, Devon Achane is the clear RB1 on this football team in 2022. The Aggie ball carrier has rushed for 1,274 yards in his two seasons as the second option in this backfield and with the nation’s leading yards per carry number in 2021, he’ll look to take a massive step forward as the primary back for this team.

LJ Johnson/Amari Daniels, RB2/RB3: I’d like to apologize for overcomplicating this part but in all honesty, I love overcomplicating things. The spot behind Devon Achane will not be filled by any individual player — instead, the Aggie coaching staff will likely split carries between LJ Johnson and Amari Daniels (at least at first), as they did in 2021.

Last season, Johnson received 21 carries and Daniels received 20 — if you’re trying to figure out which of these guys will get the nod, you’re splitting hairs. Historically speaking, Fisher hasn’t had three guys receive significant carries in the backfield, so don’t be surprised if one of these guys separates himself at some point in the season and fills into this role indefinitely.

Le’Veon Moss, RB4: Le’Veon Moss is a top-100 overall prospect and could have a huge impact down the line. That said, it seems unlikely that he’ll find significant carries in 2022. Realistically, we may see him match similar rushing totals that we saw from LJ Johnson and Amari Daniels in 2021, both of whom were over 20 carries.

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