Isaiah Spiller worked his way into the Texas A&M record books during his three seasons at College Station. It’s time for the next chapter in his life, one of many Aggies looks forward to each offseason.
Spiller has officially declared himself for the 2022 NFL Draft earlier this month. Selected for the second All-SEC team, the junior has run for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns on 179 carries this season. He averaged 5.6 yards per play and totaled 189 extra yards in the air as a receiving option.
Attention now turns to the A&M backfield in the post-Spiller era. The easy option for Jimbo Fisher would promote the secondary rider Devon Achane in the complete offensive of the first team, double its repetitions and a production full of hope.
Achane, a threat to speed thanks to his success on the track, led the SEC in average yards to 7.1 per carry. Despite finishing nearly 50 carries less than Spiller, the second-year runner totaled 910 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.
Achane also amassed 261 passing yards, third among all A&M players.
In limited roles, the two Amari Daniels and LJ Johnson Jr. saw their opportunities to carve out playing time next fall. Daniels, a native of Miami, Fla., Was third on the team in rushing yards (180) and scored his first career touchdown in the home final against Prairie View A&M.
Johnson, a local name for Cypress, was designed for more late-game third-held situations. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry in 21 attempts.
Fisher won’t be limited to a cow bell racer like he was in 2019. Achane’s Speed delivers value on any down. Johnson’s force fills the need in the trenches and Daniels can work both on the edge and in the middle.
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