Who Are the Aggies You Should Watch Out For Saturday?
The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0) is set to host the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies (1-0) this Saturday at 2:30 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. While you may know the Crimson Tide roster backwards and forwards here are several Aggies to watch out for on Saturday.
Quarterback Kellen Mond: The Aggies senior quarterback has started for Texas A&M for the last three seasons. Mond is a dual-threat quarterback who poses problems for defenses with his exceptional athleticism. In three prior contests with the Crimson Tide, Mond has completed 59-for-104 passes for 697 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions, he has rushed 48 times for 202 yards and three more touchdowns.
Running back Isaiah Spiller - The sophomore running back served as the Aggies primary running back in its first game against Vanderbilt. He rushed eight times for 117 yards in the opening week for an average of 14.6 yards per carry. Against the Tide last season he rushed 10 times for 27 yards but also contributed in the passing game, hauling in five receptions for 41 yards.
Running back Ainias Smith - The sophomore tailback converted from wide receiver to running back at the end of the 2019 campaign. He served as the Aggies "change-of-pace" back in the season opening win against Vanderbilt. He rushed 10 times for 51 yards and a touchdown last week. Last season he underwhelmed against the TIde only catching two passes for 21 yards. The Aggies liked to get him the ball on the edge of the defense in week 1.
Linebacker Buddy Johnson - The senior linebacker stands at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds and is a presence in the middle of the Aggies defense. He notched 11 tackles in the first week of the season against Vanderbilt. In three games against Alabama, Johnson has accumulated 13 tackles including one for a loss.
Defensive tackle Bobby Brown III - The junior interior defensive lineman is well respected throughout the league, earning Preseason All SEC honors from the SEC coaches. He is an athletic run-stuffer that provides cover to the Aggie linebackers to make plays behind him. Brown has accumulated 38 tackles in his 21 games but his impact is far bigger than the stat sheet.
Defensive end Demarvin Leal - The sophomore defensive lineman is one of the better young defensive lineman in the SEC. He is 6-foot-4, 290 pounds and plays with athleticism. In 13 career games, Leal has racked up 45 tackles, 7.5 for a loss and two sacks. The Tide's offensive line will have to keep an eye on him in order to protect Mac Jones.
The Alabama Crimson Tide enters the weekend's contest as a 17.5 point favorite. The Tide must keep an eye out for these six players in order to be successful and come out on top.
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