Analyzing Walker’s Breakout Performance for Texas A&M Football
One of the more underrated newcomers for Texas A&M football of the offseason in 2023 was former Grand Valley State WR Jahdae Walker. He was largely unheralded in the transfer portal and only a three star recruit; however, he brought size and speed that the Aggie staff knew could translate to a higher level of football. So far this year, he’s seen some decent time as a backup receiver. He had a big game against ULM and an equally rough game against Arkansas where he had several drops, but other than that has just been targeted here and there from time to time.
However, with Evan Stewart missing this game, Walker needed to step up. The transfer receiver did that in a big way, nearly doubling his number of receptions for the whole year and picking up huge conversion after huge conversion. Collegefootballdata.com has Walker as boasting the highest PPA/touch of any player on the Aggie offense in this game by a long shot, and he did so on high volume.
Coming into this game, here were Walker’s total stats:
- 10 receptions
- 174 yards
- 1 TD
- 21.8 yards per game
Here’s a look at what he notched in this game alone:
- 8 receptions
- 100 yards
- 12.5 average
- Long of 19
That’s what I call a breakout performance. Time and time again, Max Johnson went back to the well when he was in trouble, throwing the ball up to Walker. And time and time again, Walker delivered, showing none of the drop issues that plagued him against Arkansas. You can never have too many reliable receivers if you’re Texas A&M football, and Walker coming through in the clutch like this has to move him up the echelon of the Aggie wideouts by quite a bit.