Forgot Texas A&M’s horrific run defense over last month, because the offensive line is in complete shambles, and its current regression is one of the most confusing stories of the entire 2022 college football season. allowing three sacks on Conner Weigman today, while actually being pushed around by the undersized UMass defensive front was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen from the Aggies all season.
To preface, the Aggie O-line has dealt with a rash of injuries within the interior, losing center Bryce Foster, and guards Aki Ogunbiyi and Jordan Spacojevic-Moko for the season, which would halt any progression to most offensive lines in the country, but only one of the injured players (Bryce Foster) was a proven starter going into the season. On the right side of the line, right guard Layden Robinson and right tackle Reuben Fatheree were both coming off of impressive 2021 campaigns, as Robinson was hailed as a preseason All-American by multiple outlets. All in all, both have played poorly this season, while Robinson’s draft stock has fallen at a tremendous rate. young left tackle Trey Zuhn shows promise but needs another full offseason to continue developing.
Also in the preseason, head coach Jimbo Fisher praised the development of backup center Matthew Wyckoff, who has replaced Bryce Foster for most of the season and has been one of the biggest liabilities on the O-line, ranging poor pass blocking, erratic snaps, and lack of push in the run game.
Offensive line coach Steve Addazio’s seat is practically on fire after this season, while nearly every starter is set to return next season, new blood is sorely needed, whether that’s through the transfer portal, or simply the incoming talent in the 2023…