Everything you need to know about Texas A&M football: key events, predictions and more

The sun rises again at Kyle Stadium as the 2022 football season approaches. Soon the stands will be filled with the 12th man as fans hope to have a better season than last.

Featuring the highest recruiting rating in recent recruiting history, outperforming both Georgia and Alabama, hopes are high for Jimbo Fisher and the rest of the team. The quarterback will be an interesting race to keep tabs as Heinz King returns for a third year after being injured at the end of the season and rookie Conner Wegmann battles for the starting position.

The A&M schedule relatively easily starts playing outside of conferences before the grueling task of SEC matches begins. All eyes are on the October 8th rematch against Crimson Tide after huge stories like A&M’s victory over the top-ranked team last season and coach Nick Saban making accusatory comments about the A&M show two weeks ago. The remainder of the schedule features Ole Miss, Florida, LSU, and UMass making a trip to College Station while the Aggies make one final out-of-state trip to Auburn.

The Aggies have secured top recruits on both sides of the ball like defensive lineman Walter Nolen and wide receiver Evan Stewart, so it will be interesting to see how these new players impact the team on the field. With so many cards stacked in favor of the Aggies, expectations remain high at Aggieland, but another disappointing season is not off the table if things remain as they were last year.

The Texas A&M Factbook

Coach: Jimbo Fisher (34-14 at Texas A&M, 117-37 all the time)

2021 record: 8-4 (4-4 seconds)

Bowl result: Pulled from TaxSlayer Gator Bowl due to COVID-19 protocols and multiple end-of-season injuries

2021 crime: 391.6 yards per game (208.6 ypg passing, 183.0 ypg rushing) | 29.3 ppg

Defense 2021: 327.5 yards per game (192.6 ypg pass, 134.8 ypg dash) | 15.9 ppg

Returning appetizers (off./def.): 4/5

SEC pre-season media poll: second in the west

Preselections for each SEC

First Team Special Teams: Nick Constantinou (P)

Constantino returned to the team as a junior after a successful season in 2021 where he was awarded the AP All-SEC First Team and All-SEC Coaches Team Honors. The gambler led the SEC and was in the top 10 nationally, averaging 41.61 yards per kick.

Second Team Attack: Devon Achan (Right Back)

The dual-sport athlete was an electrician during his time at A&M with his most explosive season last year. He led the SEC in yards per attempt with 7.0 and was second on the team with 910 yards on the season.

Leyden Robinson (OL)

Returning for his third season with the Aggies, Robinson is proud to have been selected as the AP All-SEC Second Team and has been named to this year’s Lombardi Award watchlist. He started in all 10 games he’s appeared in, including the start in the 2021 season opener against Kent State where he helped the Aggies lift 595 yards in attack.

Second Team Defense: Antonio Johnson (DB)

Johnson returns for the junior season after finishing second on the team with 79 last year. He earned AP All-SEC Second Team and PFF All-America First Team honors after last season while also being named to Bednarik’s pre-season award watch list.

Team Two’s Special Teams: Aeneas Smith (RS)

Smith is one of the team’s most versatile players. Despite making headlines a few weeks before his arrest, Kabir is ready to put it all behind him and continue to be the playmaker as he is.

Devon Ashney (AP)

On his way back to the roster as another versatile player on the team, Achane was an effective all-purpose player for the Aggies. He counted 1,472 yards last season, 122.7 yards per game.

Third Team Attack: Ainias Smith (WR)

As a wide receiver and all-season captain, Smith led the team with 47 receptions and six receptions in the final district. He finished second on the team with 509 yards per season.

Third Team Defense: McKinley Jackson (DL)

The Mississppi native returns for the junior season after making 10-game appearances in four games. Jackson finished the 2021 season with 14 tackles and sacks resulting in a yards loss.

Third Team Special Teams: Ainias Smith (AP)

Smith appears again on this list, this time as a multi-purpose player. He scored 794 total yards in the season, with 259 gambling returns.

fan guide

Five Twitter accounts to follow for absolute Aggie fans:

@neomib_03 – Catch up on updated Texas A&M football news from your SportsDay reporter!

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Tweet embed – Funny memes, live reactions and, most recently, the added battle of Waffle House at College Station, all highlight this page dedicated to all things Texas A&M.

Tweet embed – A&M’s very own newspaper has been serving Texas A&M since 1893. Check out their sports coverage for a look inside Aggie Athletics from Aggie’s point of view.

Best place to tailgate on a Saturday: You won’t find a better place for a tailgate in College Station other than A&M’s Aggie Park. The park will open before the 2022 season and will offer much more space, a catch-and-release pond and even a decent one. There’s no longer a rush to the back door at the trumpet sound now that A&M has partnered with the backdoor vendor, Revel XP, to offer reservations for both back-and-forth and free.

Best place to enjoy a post-match game: A long standing tradition, Dixie Chicken is a great place to grab a bite to eat and meet a few Ol’ Aggies while you’re at it. Looking for something a little faster? Head to Fuego or Layne’s favorite chicken fingers for an unbeatable meal.

Best gamede tradition to share in: There is nothing better than singing Aggie War Hymn with over 60,000 other fans. Be sure to learn the song (or at least “saw university horns”) before heading to Kyle Field. Participation in the trends led by A&M’s Yell Leaders is a close second.

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