Almost immediately after the 2021 national title match was in the books, ESPN writer Mark Schlabach pressed the button and it popped out outlet is in the top 25 for 2022 too early… The trend so far has been that Texas A&M ranked even higher in the upcoming season than in 2021, and this has been the case again with Shlabach as he named them the fourth best team in the country for the next season.
In 2021, the Uggies took a step back, which came as little surprise after losing four starting offensive linemen and a quarterback. Haynes King broke his leg in the second game. Now the Texas A&M defense, its strength last season, will have to be rebuilt. Defense Coordinator Mike Elko left to become Duke’s new coach; Coach Eggie Jimbo Fisher hired DJ Durkin from Mississippi to replace Elko. The entire front four in defense – the invaders Leela and Peavy, as well as the best pass rushers Johnson and Clemons – are expected to leave. Hunsford’s leading tactician will also have to be replaced. If King is healthy, he will fight for LSU transfer Max Johnson and new freshman Weigman, the No. 1 pocket passer at the ESPN 300, for next season’s starting job.
What’s really interesting is that the much more experienced A&M team, which included pretty much all of the defenders, had two deep saves selected in the NFL draft. Bobby Brown and Buddy johnson, intact coaching staff, most skill positions and virtually all of their skill positions with the exception of the quarterback Kellen Mond can generally be found outside the top five across most outlets at the same time in 2021. In contrast, the 2022 Aggie brings back just ten players in the starting lineup (five on each side), likely losing up to ten players who could have been drafted in the NFL 2022 draft (including potential first-round entrants Kenyon Green and DeMarvin Leal) will represent the new assistant coaches and still don’t know who their quarterback will be. In fact, ESPN never tells you why Aggie should be among the top 5 teams next season.
Well, the Aggies are rebooted with the 2022 recruitment class, ranked as the best in the country in the 247 Sports Composite and includes a variety of lats that should present them with a serious threat that was usually absent during their tenure. Jimbo Fisher… Losses in the line of defense are significant, but the three consecutive top 10 nationally should allow A&M to avoid a complete overhaul in this positional group, with the biggest challenge being where to play with something like former five-star Shermar Turner. rather than wondering who will rise. Most of all, observers underestimated how much the loss of four veterans of the offensive line would affect the 2021 group, especially after two freshmen in Ruben Fatery and Bryce Foster I had to go to the starting lineup. Now these guys are back, and the experience they got under fire should serve them well.
All in all, Aggie may have everything set to make a breakthrough in 2022, and the Spring Ball will go a long way in seeing if all of the preseason predictions can really turn into CFP reality.