Texas A&M’s offensive depth chart has constantly evolved over the last several years with the way Jimbo Fisher recruits. The Aggies haven’t had the same leading receiver and rusher in the same year since Fisher arrived. With a second straight elite recruiting class headed to College Station, that could happen again.
“It’s going to be a lot of competition,” Fisher said. “We have to play the best players each and every week and that’s going to be determined how you play each and every week. The guys who are playing the best will play on the best. I think that’s what makes a great team – competition.”
However, the one consistent presence on offense is under center. Quarterback Kellen Mond has started 34 games and quietly ranks among the top returners in the SEC. He’s second among returning SEC quarterbacks in total yards, passing touchdowns and completion percentage. The playmakers around him could be the best of his career.
Top receiver Jhamon Ausbon is back for his senior season, and the rest of the room is undergoing a youth movement. Sophomore tight end Jalen Wydermyer broke out late, and will get help from Baylor Cupp and converted defensive lineman Max Wright to quickly form an elite rotation at the vital position. Additionally, incoming 5-star freshman receiver Demond Demas and 4-stars Moose Muhammad and Devin Price will pair with underclassman Jalen Preston and Dylan Wright to cause secondaries intense pressure.
“That’s something that the young talent coming into A&M can do – they have the ability to take one play and go score,” Mond said.
At running back, Isaiah Spiller nearly crossed the 1,000-yard plateau as a true freshman. He’ll get help from converted receiver Ainias Smith, along with multiple running back recruits. But the biggest news? All five primary starters on the offensive line return. That should do wonders for the growing running back room.
It takes time to form an offense filled with top-end talent, especially a group that can handle the complex schemes that Fisher demands. After two years of growing pains, the final product is drawing closer.
“Being able to have that kind of experience with the young talent, it helps a lot,” Mond said. “It’s going to be a really good season.”
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