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Texas A&M Football: 3 Reasons for Optimism About the Aggies in 2022

Devon Achane, Texas A&M Aggies Football

The Aggies' running game should remain strong this fall with Devon Achane stepping into the role of featured back

Texas A&M's 2021 college football season was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. After entering the season with high expectations a year after feeling they were worthy of a College Football Playoff spot, the Aggies stumbled in back-to-back games early in the year before rebounding with a massive upset of then-No. 1 Alabama. In the end, the 2021 campaign may go down as a season of missed opportunities for the Aggies. But the 2022 season could be a chance to redeem itself as a program and step back into the playoff conversation.

The 2022 season will bring renewed optimism for the state and future of the Aggies. Jimbo Fisher just landed the top recruiting class in the country (and maybe the best ever), and he already has some good pieces in place for a team that should be highly competitive in the SEC West as they chase Alabama for a division crown.

Here are three reasons why Texas A&M fans should be optimistic about the upcoming season in College Station.

1. Max Johnson brings SEC starting experience at QB

The Texas A&M quarterback situation is an interesting one this spring, and it includes Johnson. LSU's starter last season, Johnson transferred in the same offseason that saw former Aggie Zach Calzada go to Auburn in an SEC West QB shuffle. Johnson should be a good fit into a talented offense in College Station and having experience competing in the division as a starter could serve the Aggies well.

2. The running game will be just fine without Isaiah Spiller

Texas A&M is losing a big piece of its offense with Spiller moving on to the NFL this year, but Devon Achane will be more than competent as a successor as a featured back. Achane was still a significant piece of the offensive workload last season as a complement to Spiller, and his ability to turn out yardage should continue behind a solid offensive line.

3. Aggies will still be playing some stingy defense in 2022

Texas A&M had some struggles on offense in 2021, but the Aggies came to play defense with the best of them. In fact, the only two teams in the SEC to allow fewer yards per game last season were Georgia and Alabama, both of whom played for the national championship after facing off for the SEC title. The Aggies were the only SEC team to allow fewer than 4,000 yards of offense for the season (Alabama and Georgia did play three extra games, of course). The defense in 2022 isn't expected to drop off too much either, giving the Aggies one of the best units heading into the 2022 season.

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— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB, on Instagram, and Like him on Facebook.