As first reported by Carter Karels of GigEm247, Texas A&M football player Donovan Green suffered an ACL injury during the team’s scrimmage this past Saturday and is expected to miss the season.
Green was starting to make a name for himself during his freshman season for Texas A&M football last year, recording 22 receptions for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns, with most of it coming towards the end of the year. Most expected him to contribute significantly this year, especially as a receiving threat. He displayed how polished he was several times this past year, making catches in big moments. By all accounts, Green is also a locker room leader—a position in which he can still thrive even if he is unable to contribute on the field.
All that said, if there is one position on the field for Texas A&M football where a projected starter sustaining an injury might not be as harmful to the team’s success, it is tight end. This is an insanely deep group for the Aggies, with polished redshirt freshman Jake Johnson and raw athletic freak Theo Ohrstrom waiting in the wings. Both of these guys can pick up the slack and, while lacking the same experience that Green had, hopefully contribute near the same amount that Donovan would have. It’s a shame they won’t be able to play all at the same time—think of the matchup nightmare a three-TE set with those guys would be!—but I’m sure Petrino and Fisher will be able to scheme around what they’ve got.
This also potentially opens the door for more contributions from freshman Jaden Platt or redshirt sophomore Fernando Garza. Both of these guys have flown under the radar, but could see increased time both in practice and on gameday. As I said, this is one of the deepest position groups on the whole team.
Regardless, we wish Donovan a speedy recovery. Get well soon!