Amari Daniels will have a huge game for Texas A&M Football
This has probably been my most consistently-harped-on prediction of the week: I think Amari Daniels, former three-star back out of Miami Central, will have a huge game in his return home. Considered by many Texas A&M football fans to be the lesser jewel in a two-back class that also included fringe-five-star LJ Johnson, Amari surprised those fans with his evident placement above Johnson on the depth chart even as soon as his first season on campus. You could see whenever he touched the ball that he possesses a burst and explosion that even Devon Achane—electric though he was at top speed—did not have.
Even so, Daniels has yet seen light work in his career—mostly cleanup work in 2021, and while his role increased relatively in 2022, the Aggies were so poor offensively that it didn’t much register. Now, I believe he is poised for a breakout year as a member of this talented RB room. New position coach Marquel Blackwell—who, incidentally, helped coordinate the offense with current Miami playcaller Shannon Dawson when both were at Houston—has experience in overseeing multiple talented backs; under his tutelage, both Zach Evans and Quinshon Judkins had great seasons at Ole Miss in 2022. I have faith in him to manage the position group well, but for this game, I think Amari will be bringing a special motivation.
As I mentioned, his explosiveness is unquestionable. It did seem that, once the Aggies got in short yardage against the Lobos, they opted for the bigger Leveon Moss to punch the ball across the goal line or line to gain. I think Amari will render such a decision unnecessary at least once in this game, scoring from 15+ yards away on a highlight play.