3 Things To Carry Into 2024 from Texas A&M Football's Texas Bowl Loss to OSU

The patchwork Texas A&M football squad we saw last night doesn't resemble the team going forward, but we still have some takeaways.

Dec 27, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Marcel Reed (10) scrambles with the
Dec 27, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Marcel Reed (10) scrambles with the / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Bright Future Defensively for Texas A&M Football

There were a lot of moments in that game where I thought to myself: "how has this guy not been seeing the field more?" That was most often the case with Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy at nose tackle. I understand the point of seniority and everything, but Texas A&M football having rolled Isaiah Raikes out there over Dindy is almost criminal, given how good Gabe looked out there.

It's not just him, either. David Hicks shone brightly in the action he was seeing as well. Several times he shed a blocker—it should be said, all the offensive linemen for Oklahoma State are redshirt seniors!—and stood in the gap to make a play against Ollie Gordon, who was inexplicably running his mouth all game despite being bottled up on all but about one or two plays.

Oh yeah, and Shemar Stewart is continuing to blossom before our very eyes.

Here's a name not many Texas A&M football fans thought about before last game: how about Rylan Kennedy? A three-star in the previous class, there was a ferocious race late for Kennedy's signature between the Aggies and Longhorns, and I think we began to see why. Kennedy's pure speed and athleticism was shining out there; his motor was high-level, and I can see him being a big part of the rotation at EDGE next year.

And of course, you've got Taurean York. What more can you say about this guy? He was flying around out there like he was the Butkus Award winner, making plays from sideline to sideline. He sniffed out several screens, would burst through blockers to make plays, and stuffed runs in the gaps multiple times. He will without a doubt be a keystone of the defense going forward.