Writers and analysts such as ESPN’s Bill Connelly and Phil Steele are very keen on the return of production when rating football teams. For example, Connelly conducts his analyzes of individual teams by asking three questions: hHow good have you been, how well are you recruiting classes, and how productive are you in return? It also weighs some categories more heavily than others that don’t include actual production like the offensive line (which is measured in starts or snaps). However, thanks to the likes of Pro Football Focus and secstatcat.com, we can also take a closer look at the performance of offensive lines as a whole (and sometimes individually). blockers). These form the basis of his S&P rankings, and they don’t always match the sentiments of voters or other writers. Steele is big on the number of returning starts in the offensive line when ranking programs in his preseason magazine.
When you looked at Texas A&M in the spring of 2021 (when they were generally considered one of the near-top five programs by most analysts), it was relatively easy to determine their strengths and weaknesses…they have rendered a lot of production to the running back, wide and tight on offense and also in the front four and secondary on defense. So, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that these areas were the team’s strengths in 2021. However, they didn’t return many starts in the offensive line and primary tackle. Buddy Johnson left for the National Football League. As a result, the guys on offense have been up and down all season and A&M’s run defense has been problematic in some games.
Given the above, here’s a look at the Aggies’ returning production on offense for 2022 to get a better idea of where this season is headed and what spring will look like. On the surface, A&M gets both experience and productivity at quarterback and running back and the offensive line will also be better from an experience standpoint. In contrast, the question marks are in the receiving body and particularly at the tight end.