Position Grades after Texas A&M Football vs. Auburn
Not the most even of performances from the Aggies in this one, but they still got the win. Let’s grade some positions for this Texas A&M football team.
This one started off rough, as I’m sure every Texas A&M football fan could see. Weigman couldn’t find a groove, and a dogged insistence on mixing in the run kept resulting in three and outs for the Aggie offense. It’s hard to be too tough on the Aggies here when the final numbers are 7.7 YPA on 60% completion with 2 touchdowns against a more-than-decent pass defense.
Running backs: B
As with QB, this one was a mixed bag that ended up mostly positive. The Aggie tailbacks really began to enforce their will in the third and fourth quarters, with Amari Daniels showing his explosiveness on that 79-yard run, but the fumble that almost gave the Tigers life came at the hands of Rueben Owens.
Evan Stewart’s concentration to pull in that perfect deep pass from Max in the third quarter was exceptional. Ainias was getting open and picking up huge YAC all day. Jake Johnson was getting involved. Only negative play that jumps to mind was Jahdae dropping the pass the play right after Conner was injured. The receiving corps for this Texas A&M football team continues to impress.
Offensive Line: C-
For as physically dominant as he can be, Layden Robinson has the strangest mental lapses sometimes. This time, allowing that free rusher into the backfield could have an extremely deleterious effect on this Texas A&M football squad if Conner is out for an extended period. The Aggie front got better as the game went on, however, especially in run blocking, but they have to get over these mental lapses.
Defensive Line: A
The havoc the Aggies were creating up front was really palpable throughout the game. The Auburn run game was able to get things going here and there at certain points, but the Aggie front stepped up time and time again with timely tackles for loss.
This was the best game I’ve seen from the Aggie linebacking corps in a long, long time. Taurean York announced himself in a big way, showing up in the right place time after time. He led the Aggies in tackles and recorded a half sack. Edgerrin cooper was right behind him in tackles but led the Aggies in sacks with 2 of his own.
Defensive Backs: A
The DBs for Texas A&M football took care of business against an overmatched receiving corps for the Tigers. There wasn’t much in the way of downfield targets available for either Thorne or Ashford, and a review took away what would’ve been a huge forced fumble on a great tackle by Tyreek Chappell. Overall a solid day for a group that’s been maligned at times this year.