Why these former Texas A&M football players think Aggies will win West

Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M football (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)
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Through four years of the Jimbo Fisher era, the Texas A&M football team has performed well but has been unable to reach its long-term goal of the College Football Playoff. Heck, the Aggies haven’t even won their own division, coming close in 2020 but ultimately falling short.

But could 2022 finally be their year?

Most will probably predict the Aggies to finish second to Alabama, though, after a victory against the Crimson Tide in 2021, the tables might be turning. In fact, a former Aggie defensive lineman thinks 2022 could be the year that his former team finally tops the SEC’s West division over teams like Alabama, Ole Miss, and Auburn.

Here’s why a few former Texas A&M football players think the Aggies will win the SEC West in 2022

At the NFL Combine last week, a few players weighed in on their former team and what they expect out of the squad in 2022. When asked about the SEC West, Peevy said “they’re gonna win it this year,” elaborating on the subject.

"I’m very excited for this season coming up. We’ll be watching every game and rooting for my guys."

Peevy is one of the more under-the-radar draft prospects for Texas A&M, projected to go in a mid-to-late round. The Aggie defensive lineman recorded 137 total tackles in his career with 19 for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Another teammate weighed in, as Leon O’Neal, a former Aggie safety and 2022 NFL Draft prospect talked about his former team. Here’s what O’Neal said about his former team and why he almost stuck around another year in College Station.

"“I’m super excited. I almost wanted to come back another year, just go check it out. You know what I mean? Just go get it done. I want to win a natty.”"

O’Neal is a slightly higher-profile prospect who had a big year for the Aggies in 2021.

The former Aggie safety put up impressive numbers throughout his career in College Station, earning early playing time as a freshman through his senior year. In those four years, he recorded 161 tackles, 12 pass deflections, six interceptions, 10 tackles for loss, and a defensive touchdown.

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O’Neal is thought of as a player who could be a fourth-round pick, according to Bleacher Report.