Who’s Not Playing for Texas A&M Football
At the end of seven straight weeks of football and four straight weeks of conference play, Texas A&M football will gladly see a bye week next Saturday with some time to recuperate. The SEC is an uber-physical league, and the Aggies have been one of the least lucky teams as far as injuries go for the past few years. 2022 was an especially low point on that front, as the Aggies more often than not were missing a starter, and have lost the quarterback that started the year each of the last three seasons.
That said, the Aggies come into Neyland needing their squad to be healthy. Things have been a bit mum around the facility throughout the week, with no reports coming out that the Aggies would be missing any key contributors. However, it appears that the Maroon and White will be missing at least one of their top defenders this week against the Volunteers. According to Texags, Bryce Anderson was not dressed for warmups in pregame.
Anderson is one of the leaders of this defense. Many anticipated 2023 being a breakout year for him, and while his play has improved over an already-stellar freshman campaign, it’s not been quite what was expected. The storylines for the Aggie defense have instead been the front seven and the lack of discipline downfield against the deep pass. Anderson, though, has been solid; he picked off Jalen Milroe last week (though the Aggies gave the ball right back) and has also made his own contributions to the pass rush.
In his stead, I expect to see some of true freshman Dalton Brooks and sophomore Jared Kerr. Both of those guys are solid options, but you’d love to be at full strength for this key road contest.