This Texas A&M football player set a new record — but not in football

Devon Achane, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Devon Achane, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

This spring, the Texas A&M football team has received some scrutiny for a lack of speed at the NFL Combine and at the Aggies’ Pro Day. Players like Isaiah Spiller, Jalen Wydermyer, and DeMarvin Leal all ran disappointing times.

One player, however, will never disappoint when it comes to timed running. That player is Devon Achane, the Aggies’ presumed starting runningback ahead of the 2022 season.

Achane is already known as one of the fastest players in the entire country. While the previous starter in Isaiah Spiller was known for his vision and cutback ability, Achane is pure speed. As a track athlete, he often has more opportunities to show off his speed. This past weekend, he took advantage of one of those opportunities.

Texas A&M football RB Devon Achane just set a new track record, proving his speed again

Every Aggie football fan knows about Devon Achane’s speed. If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s Achane’s kickoff return against Alabama, arguably the fastest team in the country. Watch him tear through the Tide’s defenses and break free.

It almost seems like he reaches the endzone too quickly.

The Aggie runningback doesn’t just show his speed on the football field, either. On Saturday, Achane ran a 10.12 in the men’s 100M, setting a new meet record and winning first place in the competition. The best part — nobody is surprised by this.

In 2022, Achane will take over starting duties in Texas A&M’s backfield after two years of sitting behind Isaiah Spiller. In his career, Achane has accumulated 1,274 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. 910 of these yards and nine of these rushing touchdowns came last season.

Achane also led the entire nation in yards per rush last season (7.0), a number that could potentially drop as he takes over full-time duties in the backfield. That said, he should remain among the yards-per-carry leaders in college football, as his big-play ability keeps his average up.

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The only question mark at the runningback spot for Texas A&M is who will be the secondary ball-carrier to Achane. Depending on who wins A&M’s quarterback competition, the second-leading rusher could be the team’s leading passer.