Best players yet to face Texas A&M football: #3 – Quinshon Judkins
Last year, Texas A&M football was returning home after falling to 3-4 against South Carolina; a game where an early special teams play was the deciding factor, but an injury late to the quarterback for Texas A&M football brought on freshman Conner Weigman for his first-ever live game action. With the former five-star now behind center for the Aggies, Texas A&M football fans felt extremely confident that they could notch a huge home win against Ole Miss, against whom their season went sideways the previous year.
What happened instead is a painful memory for many Aggie fans. The Rebels ran wild, to the tune of almost 400 yards, and kept the ball away from the Aggies for most of the second half to barely eke out a 31-28 win. The man carrying the load for the Rebs was then-freshman Quinshon Judkins, who notched a stat line of 34 carries, 205 yards, and 1 TD.
Following an all-American level freshman year, though, Judkins has not quite kept up the same level of play as a sophomore. He’s averaging only 73.8 rush yards per game on about 18 attempts (4.1 per carry) as opposed to his freshman season, where he averaged 120.4 rush yards per game on 21 carries (5.71 per carry).
Doubtless, though, Lane Kiffin—who carries a grudge for Jimbo around that’s almost as large as his own ego—paid close attention to the success that Tennessee had on the ground against the Aggies and is likely even now drawing up some similar plays. Ole Miss’s offensive front is not as good as Tennessee’s all-senior OL, but they run similar systems, so Texas A&M football will have to be ready.